AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 12 (December)

Ureterotomy (Code 50605) (December 2009)

December 2009 pages 4-5 Coding Clarification:Ureterotomy (Code 50605) Question: My physician wants to report an ureterotomy code to insert a stent when the ureter is already cut away from the bladder or the kidney. Is this appropriate? Answer: There has been a significant increase of the reporting of code 50605, Ureterotomy for insertion of indwelling stent, all types, suggesting confusion over proper reporting. There is only one situation for which code 50605 should be reported. If the physician cannot insert a stent into the ureter by going up through the bladder (code 52332 or 50385) or going down through...

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