AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Cardiovascular (December 2008)

December 2008 page 7 Surgery: Cardiovascular, 36000 (Q&A) Question: If blood is drawn from a vein using a butterfly catheter (for purposes of obtaining a laboratory specimen), would it be appropriate to report code 36415 or code 36000? Roger Hettinger, Sioux Falls, SD Answer: Code 36415, Collection of venous blood by venipuncture, should be reported because it describes venipuncture to obtain a blood specimen using either a butterfly or another type of blood collection apparatus. It would not be appropriate to report code 36000, Introduction of needle or intracatheter, vein, because code 36000 involves not only placement of...

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