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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Biloxi, MS

    Default Chest tube removal

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    Can my surgeon charge for a chest tube removal, put in by other surgeon in another state? Would he just bill for an e&m?
    Thank you
    Colleen Cox CPC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Just the E/M

    Just the E/M -- UNLESS ...

    1) The original surgeon billed his procedure with a -54 modifier and you would bill the same procedure with a -55 modifier to signify post-operative care.

    2) You had to take the patient to the OR and use general anesthesia (sometimes happens with children).

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Biloxi, MS


    Thanks that was what I figured.

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