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Nasogastric tube Placement and Removal

Date: Aug 25, 2021

Question:

Please help. This seems like quite a simple case, but I just cannot decide on the correct code(s) to use. The IR physician states that he placed a nasogastric feeding tube and removed the tube in the same setting, due to patient having pain/complication. What codes do you think best describe this scenario? Yes, code 43752 for placement, but since there is no code for removal of feeding tube, could we consider using unlisted code 43999 for the whole encounter?

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