AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Central Catheter Placement in Femoral Vein

What body part is assigned for placement of a central catheter via the femoral vein? Coding professionals are aware that imaging reports may be used to identify the tip of the catheter placement. However, our physicians state that imaging verification is not required for central catheter insertion into the femoral vein from a medical standpoint. Our physicians are resisting “presuming” the intended catheter tip location, because of liability. ...

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