Placement of a Seroma Catheter

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Question:

I had to place a catheter system into a seroma on a postoperative patient. Neither I nor any of my partners did the surgery. The patient showed up in the ER because she was on vacation. I don’t see a code for placing a seroma catheter. How should I bill this?

Answer:

You are right, there is no code for just putting in a drain or seroma catheter. You might want to look at CPT 10140 (Incision and drainage of hematoma, seroma or fluid collection) to see if it meets your needs – placing the drain would be included in the I&D.