Coding for Percutaneous Tracheostomy

Coding for Percutaneous Tracheostomy

September 19, 2019

Question:
What code is used for percutaneous tracheostomy?

Answer:
Code 31600 is reported for “percutaneous” tracheostomy. This procedure is performed with a small incision and some direct visualization of the structures with or without a bronchoscope. The bronchoscope, used as a light source and to remove blood and secretions, is NOT separately reported.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 09/19/19.

 

 

 

 

 

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