AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2003 Issue 4

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This patient is seen at the hospital’s outpatient infusion center. She presents with a clotted PICC line and has an order from the doctor for the nursing staff to declot the PICC line by flushing it repeatedly over a period of 30-45 minutes. What CPT/HCPCS code should we assign for the declotting via Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) performed by specially trained nursing staff? ...

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