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Bladder scan in post op

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    Can I bill a Bladder scan when pt is in the postop global period for radical retropubic prostatectomy?
    Looks like after the surgery he developed acute retention. So I would think I am ok with using Modifier 78 or 79?

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    Louisville, KY
    Would you need the Mods? Seems that the scan wouldn't be considered substantial enough to warrent those mods--no return to the OR.

    As for if it's separately code-able, I can't answer that--though if documentation standards were met, I would suspect it.

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    No modifier is required for CPT 51798 because it's a XXX global period code.

    Zaida, CPC
    Urology Practice

  4. Wink
    Yes, a PVR (51798) is billable within a global period and no modifiers are needed for reimbursement.

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