AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2014 Issue 3

Central venous catheter procedures

Central venous catheters are placed for a variety of reasons, which include administration of chemotherapy, infusions of antibiotics and/or other therapeutic medications, nutritional supplement administration (TPN) and hemodialysis. There has been much written regarding the correct coding of central venous catheter placement. However, there are several key factors that determine correct code assignment such as age, tunneled versus non-tunneled, port or no port, centrally or peripherally inserted, and image guidance. Since terminology within procedure notes may vary, the coding of central venous access procedures merit review from time to time. The following describes some of these key factors: Since...

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