Karen Posted Wed 28th of August, 2019 08:48:58 AM
On April 16, 2010, a subscriber was instructed to use 52601 instead of 52648 for a bipolar electrical vaporization of the prostate, or "button" TURP instead of 52648. Why then, in response to my question dated 8/27/19, you gave me the opposite advice?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 29th of August, 2019 08:44:43 AM
CPT code 52601 should be used for vaporization of prostate performed through button. For vaporization performed through laser, appropriate CPT code would be 52648. It all boils down to the way procedure was performed.
The provided documentation created little confusion where it states vaporization of the prostate was performed. Vaporization can be performed through laser as well as button. Customer should verify and code as per the exact documentation from the medical records.