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    Default Surgical drain removal

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    I need help with coding for removal of a surgical drain. The patient is travelling and the drain was placed by a different doctor.
    What code would I use to remove the drain? It's located on the arm.

    Thank you,

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default One time visit?

    If this is just a one-time visit, I would use the applicable E/M code.

    If the patient will be receiving ALL postoperative care from you, then you need to contact the surgeon who performed the initial procedure; you both use the same CPT code for the procedure - the surgeon uses modifier -54, and you use modifier 55.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Thank you so much!!!

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