Empyema Drain 2014

Please note this question was answered in 2014. The coding advice may or may not be outdated.


Initial Question: Can you please clarify whether an empyema drain would be reported with code 49405 or 32557 for 2014?

Follow-Up Question: I have a question about your response I received. Code 49405 lists lung/mediastinum in parenthesis in the CPT Codebook, and I have heard this is the way to bill for an empyema drain. If not, when would it be appropriate to bill code 49405 for the lung/mediastinum?  Thoughts?

49405   Image guided fluid collection drainage by catheter (eg, abscess, hematoma, seroma, lymphocele, cyst); visceral (eg, kidney, liver, spleen, lung/mediastinum), percutaneous

Question ID: 5961
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