Respiratory Question for the Week of June 26, 2023

Question:

If the operative report states that the tracheobronchial tree was evaluated with a bronchoscope and that sterile saline washings were recovered and sent for culture and a cytologic examination was peformed, is 31622 correct?

Answer:

If the operative report states that the tracheobronchial tree was evaluated with a bronchoscope and that sterile saline washings were recovered and sent for culture and/or cytologic examination, 31622 is correct. Note that his procedure is diagnostic in nature and code 31622 for cell washings includes the terminology “(separate procedure)” in the code description.

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