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Urology Coding Alert

Reader Questions:

Self-Circ Repair Doesn't Always Warrant Procedure Coding

Question: A patient performed a circumcision on himself and then came to our office. All my urologist did was tie off two small vessels before sending the patient to the hospital. What should I report for this service?California SubscriberAnswer: You should include the work your urologist did in tying off the vessels in an initial new patient office E/M visit code, such as 99201-99205 (Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient ...). You'll attach diagnosis code 959.14 (Other injury of external genitals).

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