AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2012 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Trapped Blood

What code(s), if any, would be reported for release of “trapped blood” when it’s performed following vein sclerotherapy? Some coders think CPT code 10160, Puncture aspiration of abscess, hematoma, bulla, or cyst, should be reported. However, the coders aren’t sure this is an accurate description of trapped blood. Other coders think the release is integral since trapped blood is not a complication, but a natural/expected occurrence in some cases following sclerotherapy. If it should indeed be reported separately, please indicate which CPT code and if it would be reported per release/area. ...

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