In Coding
Oct 15th, 2014
Robotic surgery is covered by routine and customary laparoscopic CPT® and ICD-9-CM coding practices, existing medical policies for advanced laparoscopic surgery, and current payer contract rates. The primary surgical procedure remains laparoscopic: You should not report unlisted procedure codes or modifier 22 Increased procedural services for robotic assistance (except perhaps, for instance, there ...
Sep 4th, 2012
A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology compared outcomes of Medicare-aged men who had undergone open retropubic radical prostatectomy against those who had undergone the same procedure by robotic-assisted laparoscopic approach, and determined that outcomes were no better using the latter technique. The skill of the surgeon and the number of prostatectomies done ...