AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2006 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

ECMO Decannulation with Repair of the Carotid Artery

The physicians at our facility have started to document extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) decannulation with repair of the right common carotid artery when the catheter is removed from the carotid artery. The artery is repaired with sutures. Since an additional code is not assigned for the removal of the catheter, is the repair of the carotid artery also inherent to the removal and does not require an additional code? ...

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