tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 9

Urology: The Key to Avoiding Repeat TURP Denials? Knowing When 52601 Applies

Know when you need modifiers 58 and 78. Coding the first transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) procedure a patient undergoes is fairly straightforward, but when the patient needs a follow-up or repeat procedure, coding for the second procedure can get complicated. You need to scour your urologist’s documentation to capture all the details, including critical history notes, before choosing your codes. Follow this expert advice to properly code second — and subsequent —TURP procedures. Start with 52601 for First Procedure If your urologist performs a TURP for a patient who has never had a TURP in the...

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