tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 4

Urology Coding: Take Note of This Global View on Renal Imaging

Focus on documentation for easy reporting of multiple uses. Physicians use renal ultrasounds to assess the size, shape, and location of a patient’s kidneys and to assess pathological processes that may involve the kidneys. Ultrasound can help the physician determine needle placement for biopsies or tubes for drainage. Ultrasounds can detect renal cysts, calculi, tumors, abscesses, obstruction, fluid collection, and infection within or around the kidneys. With so many potential uses of renal ultrasound, it’s important to know the ins and outs of documentation and coding. Read on for a refresher on how you can support...

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