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Coding Q&A: Radiation

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Mar 15, 2021

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How do you code for the insertion of a Smit/cervical sleeve?

There is no code for Smit sleeve insertion. The most appropriate way to code this procedure is to use the 57155 (insertion of tandem and ovoids) code with a -52 modifier to reflect reduced work for the procedure


How do you code for placement of Heyman’s capsules?

Report code 58346 (Insertion of Heyman capsules for clinical brachytherapy).


How do you code for placement of tandem/ovoids for brachytherapy?

Gyn oncologists should use code 57155 (insertion of uterine tandems and/or vaginal ovoids for clinical brachytherapy). Use modifier 76 (repeat procedure by the same physician) for subsequent treatments. Radiation oncologists will bill for insertion of radioactive elements using separate codes.


How do you bill for insertion of vaginal applicator device in High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy?

Code 57156: insertion of a vaginal after-loading apparatus for clinical brachytherapy


How does one bill for placement of fiducial markers/seed markers at the time of placement of a cervical/Smit sleeve for brachytherapy?

Use 57800, add -22 modifier. This will require a copy of the procedure note to obtain additional reimbursement.


Is there a laparoscopic code for the open procedure code 58825 (Transposition, ovary(s))?

There is no corresponding laparoscopic code to 58825. You can report code 58679 (unlisted laparoscopy procedure, oviduct, ovary). If an unlisted procedure code is reported, the claim should be filed manually (paper claim) with a copy of the operative note and a brief explanation of the procedure and reason for the unlisted code. Alternatively, you might report code 58660 (Laparoscopy, surgical; with lysis of adhesions (salpingolysis, ovariolysis) (separate procedure) to justify any manipulation of the ovary. The lysis of adhesions must be well documented. As a point of information, the RVUs for codes 58825 and 58860 are very similar.


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