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Arterial line vs. IV?

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    Default Arterial line vs. IV?
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    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.

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    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, COC, PCS, CPC, AAPC Fellow
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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