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    Straight catheterization: If a physician performs this procedure to get residual urine but was not able to get any residual urine can you still bill 51702 or would you need to append a 52 modifier because the urine was not obtainable?


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    Wouldn't 51701 be used for straight cath?

    51701 Insertion of non-indwelling bladder catheter
    (i.e. straight catheterization for residual urine)
    CPT Manual

    I wouldn't append a modifier if the procedure was fully carried
    out, even if no urine was obtained.
    (I have no references for this)

    Hope this helps,
    Anthony McCallum, CPC, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS

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