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    Default CPT code for trach removal

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    The trach was removed and not replaced.
    Last edited by Semocoder; 09-30-2011 at 01:45 PM. Reason: used wrong procedure

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    Default TracheOStomy vs TracheOTomy

    For accurate response to surgical coding questions, please post the scrubbed procedure note.

    If this was a tracheostomy closure you can use 31820.

    If it was a tracheotomy ... no code for removal. Just E/M if done in office. If you had to go to the OR, then you might need an unlisted code.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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