AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2010 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy

A patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease underwent placement of a catheter for transtracheal oxygen. The procedure report indicates that a longitudinal incision was made and dissection was carried down to the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The thyroid was divided and a subcutaneous fat pad was excised. A tracheal punch was used to gain access to the trachea. A stent was placed with suction and a dry sterile dressing was applied. What is the correct procedure code assignment for the transtracheal oxygen procedure? ...

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