AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: cavity evaluation device during mastectomy

  1. #1

    Question cavity evaluation device during mastectomy

    AAPC: Back to School
    I am trying to figure out if the insertion of a cavity evaluation device during the mastectomy or lumpectomy is billable or is inclusive w/procedure. Because the patient returned to the physicians office a week later, with the dx of breast ca, so a balloon catheter was put in its place for mammosite radiation???

  2. #2

    Red face Ced

    According to the CPT assistant if placing an expandable catheter device at the time of a partial mastectomy, code 19499, Unlisted procedure, breast, should be reported in addition to the appropriate mastectomy procedure code.

    Code 19296, Placement of radiotherapy afterloading balloon catheter into the breast for interstitial radioelemnt application following a partial mastectomy, includes imaging guidance, on date seprate from partial mastectomy, should be reported for the exchange of the cavity evaluation device with the insertion of a radiotherapy afterloading balloon catheter that is performed on a separate date from that of the breast excision. I hope this helps.

Similar Threads

  1. Denial for Placement of MammoSite Cavity Evaluation Device
    By DFlemings in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-06-2013, 02:28 PM
  2. Interrogation device evaluation(s)
    By Summer in forum Cardiology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-26-2012, 09:26 AM
  3. breast cavity evaluation devices
    By LColding in forum Outpatient Facilities
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-15-2011, 02:20 PM
  4. CPT Code for Placement of Mammosite Cavity Evaluation Device
    By lbancroft in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-29-2010, 10:22 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.