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    My physician placed a temp hemodialysis catheter.Looking for correct code.

    Left groin was was cleaned and draped. An introducer needle was placed after 2 tries
    in the left femoral vein. There was good blood return and wire was introduced into left femoral vein. A small incision was made over top of the wire in his skin and the vein was dilated X2 and a 11 1/2 french 19 cm temporary dialysis catheter was placed with good blood return. The catheter was flushed with saline and loaded with heparin.

    I reviewed codes 36556, 36558-36561 with the physician all of which he stated were not correct. Any assistance would be appreciated. THANK YOU

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    Apr 2007


    The code that you are looking for is 36810 Insertion of cannula for hemodialysis, artervenous, external (scribner type).
    Hope this helped.

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