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Decannulation

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    Default Decannulation
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    Can anyone tell me what code they are using for Decannulation? My providers insert a cannula. CPT 36822, on Day 1 of starting ECMO, CPT 33960, and then days later they decide to remove the cannula while continuing to bill 33961 for each 24 hour of ECMO. I dont' see a code for the decannulation and have been told that it is bundled into the insertion of the cannula. I can't find any documentation stating this to show my Providers so if anyone know this to be true, please tell me where I can find it. Or if it is billable, please let me know how it is being billed.

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    Default 37799 Unlisted Vascular
    We use the 37799 Unlisted Vascular Procedure for Decannulation from ECMO. (We are in Pediatrics - this is always done in the OR.)

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Is your office getting paid for the Decannulation using the Unlisted code? Particularly, concerning Medicaid?

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    Default With documentation
    I can't tell you off the top of my head ... but I believe that we are successful when we have clear documentation.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    I know this is an old thread but thought I'd post anyway...

    Per CPT® Assistant February 1997 Volume 7 Issue 2

    There is not a specific CPT code for decannulation of ECMO. The appropriate code to use for this procedure is 37799, Unlisted procedure, vascular surgery. When using an unlisted code, send a copy of the procedure note or report along with the claim, to explain the service performed.

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    Default Cystoscopy with Decannulation
    I am trying to find a cpt code to be able to bill this. I am very new in Urology coding and trying to find out if you can bill for decannulation ? Help please.
    lisa hamilton, cpc

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