tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 10

Reader Question: Focus On Voiding Trials with an Indwelling Urinary Catheter

Question: How do we code for those patients, who have an indwelling catheter in situ, and require a voiding trial? The nurse does a fill and then removes the catheter. Then we have the patient void. Can we bill 51700 for this even though the catheter was already in place? Utah Subscriber Answer: You may resort to 51700 (Bladder irrigation, simple, lavage and/or instillation) fora voiding trial under these atypical circumstances, primarily because the definition for CPT®  code 51700 does not mention catheter insertion. CPT® also tells you to not report 51701-51702 when catheter insertion is an inclusive...

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