AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) (July 2011)

July 2011 page 16a Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question: We use central venous access device ports in many patients to draw blood for laboratory testing. Is it appropriate to report code 96523, Irrigation of implanted venous access device for drug delivery systems, when drawing a blood specimen for laboratory testing (eg, code 85025 )? Answer: No. From a CPT coding perspective, it is appropriate to report either code 36591, Collection of blood specimen from a completely implantable venous access device, or code 36592, Collection of blood specimen using established central or peripheral catheter, venous, not otherwise specified, for blood specimen...

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