Urology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder: Reporting Bladder Hydrodistention

- Published on Sat, Jul 01, 2006

Question: How should I code for bladder hydrodistention for a patient with interstitial cystitis?

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Answer: The code you’ll report depends on the type of anesthesia provided to the patient. For a cysto-scopy and bladder hydrodistention using general or spinal anesthesia, you should report CPT 52260 (Cystourethroscopy, with dilation of bladder for interstitial cystitis; general or conduction [spinal] anesthesia). If the urologist provided local anesthesia, use 52265 (... local anesthesia).
Don’t forget the diagnosis: Use 595.1 (Chronic interstitial cystitis) for the urologist’s diagnosis of interstitial cystitis.
Bonus: If the physician also instills a medication at the same session, you can separately report that service using 51700 (Bladder irrigation, simple, lavage and/or installation).

Urology Coding Alert
Issue - Jul, 2006
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