Question 52317 WITH 52224

valerieeanderson

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My provider performed a litholopaxy and bladder fulguration at the same operative session. I am questioning if these two should be billed together since they are both in the bladder would the 52224 be an inherent part of 52317? There is a bundle but modifier is allowed. I am just really questioning if these two should be separately reportable. Any guidance is appreciated.
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Jessim929

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Did they switch tools to perform the procedure? (i.e. change from resectascope to bugbee - I know that's not the exact tools in this case, but you get my point) I consider if a new, separate tool was introduced to the procedure and whether or not additional surgeries would be needed if it wasn't done. I also consider how much time was indicated and/or how much dictation was spent on the procedure.
 

thomas7331

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My provider performed a litholopaxy and bladder fulguration at the same operative session. I am questioning if these two should be billed together since they are both in the bladder would the 52224 be an inherent part of 52317? There is a bundle but modifier is allowed. I am just really questioning if these two should be separately reportable. Any guidance is appreciated.
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I'm not seeing any bundling edits in the NCCI tables between these two codes - you should be able to bill both procedure and not need any modifier, unless your particular payer has different rules and/or does not follow the NCCI guidelines.
 

daniel

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52317. N21.0
52224.51 - n32.9

This is how I see it, and as the previous code mention. No bundling issues.
 
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