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CPT Requires Updated Codes for Thoracentesis Reporting

Current Procedural Terminology codes recently changed for documenting thoracentesis, a puncture made between the ribs to aspirate or remove accumulated fluid from the chest cavity, according to AAPC.

CPT deleted the codes previously used to describe this procedure — 32421 and 32422 — and replaced them with codes 32554 and 32555. Code 32554 describes thoracentesis without imaging guidance and 32555 describes with imaging guidance. The deleted codes allowed for separate reporting of imagine guidance.

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