AMA CPT® Assistant - 2004 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery: Hemic and Lymphatic Systems (January 2004)

January 2004 page 26 Coding Consultation:Questions and Answers Hematic and Lymphatic, 38220 (Q&A) Question Is it appropriate to report code 38220, Bone marrow; aspiration only, with the use of units? The units in this example would be insertion of a needle at separate sites or moving the needle within the same incision/ insertion site to obtain multiple aspirations. AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, if multiple aspirations are obtained at the same insertion site, then code 38220 should be reported one time. However, if a separately distinct needle site was aspirated (eg, iliac and sternum), then it...

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