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bilateral needle thoracotomy for decompression??

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    Default bilateral needle thoracotomy for decompression??
    Medical Coding Books
    anyone know how to code bilateral need thoracotomies for decompression? There is no tube inserted. This is being done during CPR in the ED. I am coding for the facility portion.


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    Sacramento, California
    I only do ED Pro Fee and we would use 32421-50 for a bilateral. However, on my encoder, it has this note: "Surgical trays, A4550, may be separately reimbursed by third-party payers."

    Hope that helps

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