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Craniotomy to Evacuate a Hematoma in CPT
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Craniotomy to Evacuate a Hematoma in CPT

** This post was reviewed and updated on December 23, 2023. ** Name That Code Question:  A patient suffers an extradural hematoma in the supratentorial area of the brain, and the neurosurgeon performs a craniotomy to evacuate it. What CPT code should be assigned for this procedure? Answer: 61312 Selecting the most specific code for a craniotomy…

Metastatic Prostate Cancer to the Lungs and Which is Principal?  
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Metastatic Prostate Cancer to the Lungs and Which is Principal?  

This post has been updated to reflect the FY 2022 coding guidelines. Name That Code! Question:  A 67-year-old male patient with primary prostate cancer with metastasis to the left lung presents for a wedge resection of the lung. Assign the ICD-10-CM code(s). Answer:   Once you have assigned the code(s), read the information below. The answer is…

Possible Brain Herniation May Require Ventricular Puncture – CPT Coding
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Possible Brain Herniation May Require Ventricular Puncture – CPT Coding

Brain herniation is a serious and often fatal problem that requires immediate medical care. Therefore, when a patient presents with possible brain herniation, a surgeon may elect to perform a ventricular puncture to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). See if you can name that code for the coding scenario in this article. ** This post was…