tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2018 Issue 6

CPT® Coding: Nail Down the Fundamentals of this new Surgical Laparoscopy Code

The 38573 code encompasses washings, biopsies, and more. Prior to January 1, only an unlisted code could describe a far-reaching peritoneoscopy involving biopsy(ies), washings, and resection of omentum and multiple regional lymph nodes. Now you have a new code to capture this type of procedure, which your surgeon might perform for patients with conditions such as ovarian, cervical, or prostate cancer. Read on to learn the possibilities and restrictions that will guide your coding. Put 38573 in Perspective The existing code family begins with 38570 (Laparoscopy, surgical; with retroperitoneal lymph node sampling (biopsy), single or multiple) and proceeds through...

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