AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 6 (June)

Transanal Excision of Rectal Tumor (June 2010)

June 2010 page 3 Transanal Excision of Rectal Tumor CPT codes 45171 and 45172 were established in 2010 to report the excision of rectal tumors using a transanal approach. These services were previously reported with code 45170, Excision of rectal tumor, transanal approach, which was concurrently deleted to allow separate coding for partial and full-thickness excision, because these services require different physician work. This article describes how to appropriately report these new codes. Transanal excision of rectal tumor procedures are typically performed in a facility setting (eg, hospital inpatient or outpatient, or ambulatory surgical center) to treat conditions such...

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