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    Question 52005 with 52204 ?

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    I have the following op note that I could use assistance on. Urologist does a cystourethroscopy, bladder biopsies, bilateral ureteral washes & bilateral retrograde pyelograms with fluroscopic guidance & interpretation: Procedure description: Cystoscope placed per urethra, urethra visually normal with slightly obstructing prostatic urethra. His trigone was normal with orthotopic ureteral orifices & clear efflux bilaterally. I first performed the right ureteral wash where I inserted the ureteral catheter into the right ureteral orifice & injected approximately 14 cc of sterile saline & allowed return to then drip into the cytology cup. I performed the same procedure on the patient's left side, after which I performed retrograde pyelograms with a 6-French open-ended catheter & diluted Omnipaque contrast. There were no filling defects. I then performed serial bladder biopsies in the left/right bladder walls, dome, posterior wall & prostatic urethra.

    Is my thinking correct on this procedure 52204 & 52005-59 for the surgeon. The radiologists appears to have performed the test & read it & has charged 74420. Please let me know your thoughts, any guidance would be appreciated. I'm also confused on 52005 & 74420 & cannot get my thinking straight on why both CPT's are allowable I don't understand the procedure done from each person:the surgeon with 52005 & the radiologist with 74420. If anyone could give me guidance I would appreciate it so much or a reference to get more information on. Thank you in advance

    Jody Hecht
    Last edited by Jody Mortensen; 10-23-2009 at 08:02 AM.

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    Hi Jody, when I run my CCI edits, 52205 and 52204 bundle, but a modifer is allowed. I would probably not unbundle these codes depending on what the doctor was looking for. Was the patient have hematuria or have a hx of bladder or kidney cancer?

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