AMA CPT® Assistant - 2005 Issue 2 (February)

Medicine (February 2005)

February 2005 page 15a Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Medicine, 96530, 99211 (Q&A) Question Would it be appropriate to report code 96530 for the refilling and maintenance of an implantable pump or reservoir for a heparin flush or does heparin flush fall within "maintenance of the catheter or the port"? AMA Comment A heparin flush "is designed to maintain patency of the catheter/port" rather than "maintenance and filling of the reservoir" (which has additional associated costs). It would not be appropriate to code 96530 for a heparin flush alone, but if the heparin flush is performed in a physician's...

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