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    Kalamazoo MI

    Question Initial vs Subsequent Paracentesis

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    When would it be appropriate to use the subsequent code for a paracentesis? We have a pt who had one then two weeks later had another, in this sceniaro would we use the subsequent on the second one?

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    Subsequent would be for the same day. I would use the initial for your scenario.

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