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Urology Coding Alert

Case Study:

54324, 15740, 14040: Get the Scoop on the Best Way to Code Hypospadias Repair Procedures

Hint: Not all three codes are appropriate for most cases -- find out why. If you code for pediatric urologists, you may see a fair share of hypospadias repair procedures cross your desk. Coding for these procedures can pose a challenge to even seasoned coders. For example: Do you know whether you should report more than one code to accurately describe the procedure? See how your coding stacks up with the experts' by testing your hand at coding this case study from Becky Boone, CPC, CUC, certified reimbursement assistant for the University of Missouri Department of Surgery in Columbia. Review the Surgical Case Preoperative diagnosis: Distal hypospadias Postoperative diagnosis: Distal hypospadias Procedure: Distal hypospadias repair Byers flap Dorsal only flap Indication for Procedure: This is a 7-year-old male with history of distal hypospadias. The family was advised many years ago to have this repaired under anesthesia. However, they were lost to [...]