AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2010 Issue 4; Volume 3 New/Revised Codes

Central Venous Catheter Placement with Guidance

Effective October 1, 2010 a new code 38.97, Central venous catheter placement with guidance, has been created to describe central venous catheter placement under electrocardiographic, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound guidance. This type of indwelling vascular catheter is inserted with the use of an electrocardiogram as well as fluoroscopy and ultrasound to ensure the proper positioning of the catheter. Central venous catheter placement with electrocardiographic guidance is a new technology that combines electrocardiography with catheter insertion in order to accurately align the tip of the catheter in the correct position in the superior vena cava. During catheter placement, two standard...

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