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Wire Removal With Culture

  1. #1
    Gastonia North Carolina
    Red face Wire Removal With Culture
    Medical Coding Books
    Can someone please advise:

    The doctor did a sternal wire removal on a pt with a previous CABG. Once inside, the doctor noticed exudative fluid around the wires and sent a culture of the fluid.

    My question is: Can I bill for both the wire removal and the culture?
    Any help would be so appreciated. Thanks

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    I have never coded for anything that was removed for culture or biopsy. The lab will bill for the culture.

  3. #3
    Gastonia North Carolina
    Thanks so much for your help. That's what I was thinking but wanted to double check. Thanks again.

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