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    Hi! Can someone assist me in possibly billing for PICC line flushes when no other service is performed? Is there a CPT code for that and/or can I bill a 99211 if there is no specific code?

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    We had the same last week and we billed for an office visit (we are an outpatient facilty).

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    What ICD-9 code did you use for the flush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmockler View Post
    What ICD-9 code did you use for the flush.
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    Look at attention to a vascular catheter... V58.81
    also CPT code 36593

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    If patient comes in for flush only, we use the 36953 and V58.81 but we've also used 996.74. No E/M was charged per my previous post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traci.susong@gmail.com View Post
    If patient comes in for flush only, we use the 36953 and V58.81 but we've also used 996.74. No E/M was charged per my previous post.
    You would use the 996.74 code only if a complication was documented by the provider.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    When we have patients that come in just for a PICC line flush we code 96523.

    Haley Sutton CPC, CPMA

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    Quote Originally Posted by haleymw19 View Post
    When we have patients that come in just for a PICC line flush we code 96523.

    Haley Sutton CPC, CPMA
    The two codes are very similar and I see your point, I guess it would depend on the documentation if the line were clotted use the 36953, if it is just an irrigation then use the 96523, but the 96523 is a stand alone code and cannot be billed with any other service including an E&M

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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