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eswl with stent placement and removal

Bill Posted Wed 25th of June, 2014 15:01:42 PM

Can you tell me if I can bill for bilateral placement "52332-50" if they were not left in after eswl was completed? Pt had stone only on left side but stents were placed bilaterally, then removed. thank you (I code for an ASC)

SuperCoder Answered Thu 26th of June, 2014 09:56:00 AM

Thanks for your question.

There are really two types of “stents” your urologist will use — temporary and permanent. The first, temporary stents aren’t actually stents at all. A temporary stent is actually a ureteral catheter, placed during surgery and then usually removed by the urologist after surgery, before the patient leaves the operating room.

If your urologist placed ureteral catheters not stents, as your scenario seems to indicate, you wouldn’t use 52332-50. Instead, report 52005 (Cystourethroscopy, with ureteral catheterization, with or without irrigation, instillation, or ureteropyelography, exclusive of radiological service).

Thanks !!

Bill Posted Thu 26th of June, 2014 14:09:39 PM

ok, thank you

SuperCoder Answered Fri 27th of June, 2014 02:30:49 AM

You are welcome.

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