Respiratory Question for the Week of June 19, 2017

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Question:

What code is reported for aspiration/drainage procedures?

Answer:

When billing for aspiration/drainage procedures, CPT® code 31645 is reported for the initial procedure and 31646 is reported for each subsequent procedure.

31645 Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including fluoroscopic guidance, when performed; with therapeutic aspiration of tracheobronchial tree, initial (e.g., drainage of lung abscess)
31646 Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including fluoroscopic guidance, when performed; with therapeutic aspiration of tracheobronchial tree, subsequent

CPT codes 31652–31654 for endobronchial ultrasound (UBUS) procedures are to be reported once per session.