AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Arterial line vs. IV?

  1. #1

    Default Arterial line vs. IV?

    AAPC: Back to School
    The ED nurses were unable to obtain IV access. The physician documented that he obtained IV access with an A-line kit. Since he used the A-line kit, should I code 36620 for an arterial line? Or should I use 36410 for venipuncture?
    Thanks for any insights you can give me.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


    Don't code the arterial line access. This was a venous access, regardless of what kit he used. You code by the procedure, not the equipment, unless the code specifies the use of alternative equipment.
    Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

    If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

Similar Threads

  1. Arterial line VS 59 Modifier
    By beulastella in forum Anesthesia
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-09-2015, 10:30 PM
  2. Arterial line removal during procedure
    By cmacpc in forum Anesthesia
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-22-2013, 10:35 AM
  3. Arterial line and Flotrac monitoring
    By meganrveach in forum Anesthesia
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-03-2012, 07:50 AM
  4. Femoral Arterial Line Placement
    By Trendale in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-02-2009, 09:27 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.