AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery/Respiratory System (January 2002)

January 2002 page 11b Coding Consultation Respiratory System, Surgery, 32999 (Q&A) Question If a chest tube was placed in the operating room, but no thoracentesis was performed, how should this be reported? This was the only procedure performed. AMA Comment Since the chest tube placement occurred in the operating room, code 32999, Unlisted procedure, lungs and pleura, should be reported. The CPT book does not contain a specific listing for this procedure. If the chest tube placement had been performed at the patient's bedside, the placement would not be a separately reportable procedure. Respiratory System, Surgery, 32999 (Q&...

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