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    Default Porth A CATH claims

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    I get some denials on porth a cath claims cpt code 36561 . They say the diagnosis code does not match up . I usualy use a dx code of 173-or 238.7 neoploasms or cancer codes. Is there another code I should use . Maybe A V CODE. /

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    Albany, New York


    I only use a "V" code as the principal dx when the patient is presenting for removal of the Port-a-Cath.

    The problem may be that Dx 238.X refers to Neoplasms of "Unspecified" nature. (Do not indicate a malignancy).
    I have never encountered a POrt being placed for skin malignancies (173.X)

    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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