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    Can I code the removal of an Intra Aortic Balloon Pump in the post operative period after a CABG?
    Thank you

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    I would say if the patient was brought back to the OR to do this then absolutely you can bill for it. If it was bedside, it will depend on the payer. You cannot bill for bedside procedures in the global period if the patient has Medicare. If the patient has commercial insurance, then I'm a little up in the air as to whether you should bill for it.

    I sort of want to say yes.

    Lisi, CPC

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    Thanks for your input.

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    I agree with Lisi. I have received payment on the removal.

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    Default additional question

    If this was a Left Heart cath, pt was in cardiogenic shock from cardiac arrest
    Pt has Medicare, could you bill removal. Doesnt Heart Cath have 0 global?

    Janice H. Carr, CPC

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    Be sure to use a Dx code that is different than what was used when billing for the primary surgery, as well as the appropriate modifier.

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