AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery: Respiratory System (Q&A) (July 2010)

July 2010 page 10c Surgery: Respiratory System (Q&A) Question: Is it appropriate to report insertion of indwelling tunneled pleural catheter with cuff in addition to thoracentesis? Answer: No. As indicated in the parenthetical following CPT code 32550, Insertion of indwelling tunneled pleural catheter with cuff, it is not appropriate to report code 32550 in conjunction with the two thoracentesis codes, 32421 and 32422. Surgery: Respiratory System (Q&A) (July 2010). CPT® Assistant. 2010; July 2010 page 10c ...

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