2017 Urology ICD-10 and CPT Coding Changes: An Overview
There are a number of urology CPT® coding and ICD-10 changes post Oct 1, 2016 and in 2017. One of the important changes is in the coding updates for prostate conditions. There are also numerous changes in infection and inflammatory reaction choices. Time is running out. It is important that you focus on these areas for prostate conditions.
ICD-10 Urological Coding Changes in Prostate Conditions:
There are revisions, deletions, and new additions to codes for several prostate disorders. However, there are three revisions which are important:
- 0 (Enlarged prostate without lower urinary tract symptoms) will change to “Benign prostatic hyperplasia without lower urinary tract symptoms”
- 1 (Enlarged prostate with lower urinary tract symptoms) will change to “Benign prostatic hyperplasia with lower urinary tract symptoms”
- 39 (Other post-surgical erectile dysfunction) will change to “Other and unspecified postprocedural erectile dysfunction.”
Coding for Laparoscopic Cystectomy
In July, 2016, the American Urological Association (AUA) shared information about a new approach for coding the various versions of laparoscopic cystectomy. The AUA stated that it reviewed the currently available urology CPT® codes for cystectomy (51550-51596) in response to member inquiries. The AUA’s Coding and Reimbursement Committee has determined that the current CPT® codes for cystectomy be reported whether the approach is open or laparoscopic.
Apart from the above changes, coders and medical providers should be aware and brace for some important urological CPT® coding changes, including changes in coding for repeat TURPs; multiple bladder tumor treatment billing; adding additional ICD-10 diagnostic codes to insure full payments. Urology coders may also be aware of new coding for endoscopy of intestinal urinary diversions and laparoscopic procedures without specific CPT® codes. Get answers to some confusing questions such as “When a bladder biopsy becomes a TURB” or “What are the different codes for resection of a bladder neck contraction” are also important.
To get answers to such confusing questions, you may join this 2017 urology conference “Coding Pearls and Pitfalls in Urology” by expert speaker Michael A. Ferragamo and align your urology coding according to new and upcoming changes in 2017. You will be able to review the important coding changes and know the common errors found in urological coding which often lead to penalties and claim denials. With didactic explanations, guideline and special clinical scenarios, you’ll be able to recognize the correct codes for the numerous clinical situations that might arise in 2017 and beyond.