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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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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    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.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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    Woodbridge, VA


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

    Zaida, CPC
    Urology Practice

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

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