General Question for the Week of November 25, 2019

General Compliance Question of the Week


What does the report need to indicate to allow billing of abscess drainage codes 49405–49407?


When the patient leaves the procedure room, those codes require that the catheter be left in place for longer-term drainage. This might be indicated by stating that the catheter was sutured in place or was attached to gravity drainage when the patient was sent back to the room.