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Removal of a non-tunneled med port

  1. #1
    Bay City Michigan
    Question Removal of a non-tunneled med port
    Medical Coding Books
    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.

  2. #2
    Vancouver, WA
    It appears that you can not bill for a non-tunneled removal (see parenthetical notes under CPT36590)

  3. #3
    St. Louis, Missouri
    You can bill an e&m code for the removal as long as the documentation is there.

    Melissa Blow, CPC

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


  5. #5
    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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