AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Integumentary System (December 2009)

December 2009 page 9b Bonus Feature:Surgery: Integumentary System Question: Would the unlisted breast procedure code, 19499 be reported to describe insertion of a cavitary evaluation device (CED) when performed in conjunction with a breast excision or re-excision? Sharon L. Cardiges, RHIA, CCS Answer: If placing an expandable catheter device at the time of a partial mastectomy, code 19499, Unlisted procedure, breast, should be reported in addition to the appropriate mastectomy procedure code. Code 19296, Placement of radiotherapy afterloading balloon catheter into the breast for interstitial radioelement application following partial mastectomy, includes imaging guidance; on date separate from partial mastectomy...

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