AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 8 (August)

Reporting Cystourethroscopy (August 2009)

August 2009 page 6 Surgery:Reporting Cystourethroscopy Question: My physician frequently performs bladder biopsies or fulguration using cystourethroscopy to either treat bladder lesions or stop bleeding in the bladder. I am often confused about how many times I am able to report these codes. Can you clarify how many times I can report these codes? Answer: Very often urologists must perform procedures on the urinary tract (specifically the urethra and bladder) using cystourethroscopy to biopsy suspicious areas, fulgurate lesions or bleeding areas in the bladder, and also treat bladder tumors. To clarify the billing of these procedures, note that the...

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