AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 2 (February)

Coding Update: Central Venous Access (February 1999)

February 1999 pages 1-5 Coding Update: Central Venous Access Figure 1: Completely Implanted Device Figure 2: Partially Implanted Device Figure 3: Central Venous Catheter (under 2 years of age) Figure 4: Central Venous Catheter The reporting of the placement of central venous catheters (36488-36491) and insertion of implantable central venous devices (36533) has raised many questions over the years. To reflect current clinical practice, this article will update material last discussed in the Fall 1995 CPT Assistant. Distinguishing the Various Procedures What distinguishes either the partial or complete insertion of an implantable venous access device with or without subcutaneous...

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