tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2007 Issue 12

Reader Question: Remember ICD-9 Code on Bladder Scan Claim

Question: A patient presented complaining of pain during urination. The physician performed a post-voiding bladder scan with a small bladder ultrasound scanner. How should I report this scenario? Michigan Subscriber Answer: You-ll want to report the bladder scan code along with the proper ICD-9 code to prove medical necessity. On the claim, report: 51798 (Measurement of post-voiding residual urine and/or bladder capacity by ultrasound, non-imaging) for the scan. ICD-9 code 788.1 (Dysuria) linked to 51798 and 99282 to prove medical necessity. ...

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