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Removal of venous access port

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    I am coding a removal of a venous access port (36589/36590), in the op report it states, subcutaneous tunnel of the cath was closed. Should it be coded as 36590? Also, is there a code for removal of non-tunneled central venous catheters. The notation in the CPT book says, do not use those codes for non-tunneled, and does not refer you to the non-tunneled codes.

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    36590 is the correct code for removal of a port. there are no codes for removal of CVC.

    T. Winsor, CPC
    Terri Winsor, CPC, CCC

  3. Default removal of venous access port
    Thats the one I used. Thanks!

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