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Thread: Removal of a non-tunneled med port

  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Bay City Michigan

    Question Removal of a non-tunneled med port

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    Does anyone know what the CPT code is for the removal of a non-tunneled med port? I can only find for tunneled and that is not the case.

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    Apr 2007
    Vancouver, WA


    It appears that you can not bill for a non-tunneled removal (see parenthetical notes under CPT36590)

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    Apr 2007
    St. Louis, Missouri


    You can bill an e&m code for the removal as long as the documentation is there.

    Melissa Blow, CPC

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    If the catheter is non-tunneled, it's bundled in the E&M service.


  5. #5
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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default If you had to go to the OR ...

    If you had to take the patient to the OR to remove the port, you'll be looking at an unlisted code. (We sometimes have to do this in pediatrics.)

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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