Tammy Posted Wed 20th of January, 2016 14:00:05 PM
DR DID A THULLIUM TURP FOR AN ENLARGED PROSTATE...WOULD THIS BE THE 52648 OR THE 52601? THANKS...
SuperCoder Answered Thu 21st of January, 2016 01:03:08 AM
52648 and 52601 are different procedures. If the Procedure started as 52648 thulium laser resection and physician concluded the lobe was too large for vaporization procedure. The procedure was then converted to transurethral resection of prostate. You need to use 52601-22.
If your urologist performs a TURP for a patient who has never had a TURP in the past, report 52601 (Transurethral electrosurgical resection of prostate, including control of postoperative bleeding, complete [vasectomy, meatotomy, cystourethroscopy, urethral calibration and/or dilation, and internal urethrotomy are included]).
If he uses another procedure to treat residual growth -- such as a laser prostatectomy vaporization you need to report 52648.
The Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) also bundles the laser prostatectomy codes with many other prostatic procedures for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),including 52450 (Transurethral incision of prostate) and TURP codes.