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    Default trach suctioning - Can anyone tell me if CPT code 31720

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    Can anyone tell me if CPT code 31720 is used for trach suctioning??

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    It isn't for tracheostomy suctioning. 31720 is suctioning the trachea via the nose, often using a flexible nasal trumpet in which to introduce the suction catheter.

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    Thanks, so if 31720 isnt used for trach suctioning what should be coded?

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    Default CPT code 31720

    In the CPT book it states 'separate procedure"
    Does this mean we cannot bill for it when we are performing another respiratory therapy service?

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