Reader questions: Skip Exploration With Excision Coding- Published on Tue, Mar 16, 2010
Question: Our urologist did a scrotal exploration via an inguinal incision for a paratesticular mass followed by an excision of a 6-cm mass. How do I code for this procedure? Florida Subscriber Answer: You should code report 54512 (Excision of extraparenchymal lesion of testis) for the excision of a paratesticular mass. The exploration would be contained within this specific code and would not be a separately billable service. For the diagnosis, use 239.5 (Neoplasms of unspecified nature, other genitourinary organs).