Q&A: Examples of Bedside Procedures

September 20, 2016
Medicare Web

Q: How are bedside procedures defined and what is an example of these procedures?

A: A bedside procedure is a procedure that is performed at the patient’s bedside. It really is that simple.

Some of the most common examples of bedside procedures are:

  • Thoracentesis
  • Paracentesis
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line insertion
  • Insertion of a urinary catheter
  • Cardioversion
  • Incision and drainage procedures
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Central line insertion and declotting procedures
  • Pleurodesis
  • Arthrocentesis and joint injections
  • Echocardiograms
  • Biopsies (e.g., bone marrow biopsy)
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Blood transfusions
  • Drug administration services

For more information, refer to the Billing for Ancillary Bedside Procedures Training Handbook.

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