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33285 and 33286 via new channel and different plane

Date: Dec 16, 2020


If the old implantable cardiac monitor is removed, and the insertion tool is used to form a new channel and insert the new monitor in a slightly different plane (but using the same incision), can codes 33285 and 33286 both be reported? I know previous guidance states if performed via same incision then we only report insertion, but I want to confirm about the "new channel" and "different plane".

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