Bladder Catheters Bundle to Surgery

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Bladder Catheters Bundle to Surgery

When coding surgical procedures, do not attempt to report separately the insertion of urinary catheters. The “National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services” specifies, “The Medicare global surgery package includes insertion of urinary catheters. CPT codes 51701-51703 (insertion of bladder catheters) should not be reported with a procedure with a global period of 000, 010, or 090 days.”


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John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, is a contributing editor at AAPC. He has been covering medical coding and billing, healthcare policy, and the business of medicine since 1999. He is an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania and Clemson University.

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  1. Jacci S says:

    I understand that insertion of an indwelling catheter is bundled with surgery but why cant I use it with an e and m….What am I doing wrong..when a pt comes in for a particular urological diagnosis (or multiple diagnosis and the dr “discovers on bvi that the pt is in retention, he codes the 51703 with the 99213-25 and we get denied…What am I doing wrong? Please Help! I AM USING MULTIPLE DIAGNOSES.