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This 4-Step Coding Process Grabs $125 Extra in Vasectomy-Related Payment

Posted on 10. Jul, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

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Vasectomies are commonplace in most urology practices. But choosing the proper codes to report can prove challenging, starting with the pre-vasectomy “consultation” visit most urologists perform. If you’re not billing out each piece of the vasectomy process, you could be costing your practice hundreds over the course of one year. Follow these four steps to ensure you capture all the reimbursement your urologist deserves.

1. Avoid Automatically Assigning Consult Codes for the First Visit

Before a urologist performs a vasectomy, he usually meets with the patient to discuss the procedure and ensure that the patient understands the consequences of the procedure and wishes to undergo this elective sterilization. You’ll report this office visit using the appropriate E/M code, says Kelly Young, a coder with Scottsdale Center for Urology in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The coding challenge comes when you try to determine whether you...

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