AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 4; Volume 3 New/Revised Codes

Ventricular Drainage

Effective October 1, 2011, code 02.2, Ventriculostomy, has been expanded in order to clarify the appropriate code assignment for procedures involving ventricular drainage using a catheter or shunt. Prior to this change, codes 02.2, Ventriculostomy, and 02.39, Other operations to establish drainage of ventricle, were used to describe these procedures. The changes will help clarify that ventricular drains are external and are classified to 02.21, Insertion or replacement of external ventricular drain [EVD]; while ventricular shunts are intracranial and should be assigned to 02.22, Intracranial ventricular shunt or anastomosis. In addition, the title of...

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