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Urology Coding Alert

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Verify Incision Before Filing Your Claim for S/P Tube Removal

Question: What is the correct procedure code for removal of a suprapubic tube? Rhode Island Subscriber Answer: The correct code depends on how the surgeon completes the procedure. If he makes an incision to remove the tube, submit 53899 (Unlisted procedure, urinary system). If he removes the tube without making an incision, file with the most appropriate E/M code instead.

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