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Ray Painter, MD, FACS
Be sure to code for instillation based on drug being used and charge separately for drugs instilled.
Q: When instilling an agent into the bladder via temporary catheter, can one charge for the in-and-out catheter (51701) as well as the lavage (51700)? An example would be giving a pentosan polysulfate (Elmiron) cocktail for the treatment of interstitial cystitis or administering bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG [TheraCys, TICE BCG]) for treatment of bladder cancer.
A: You have actually provided two examples that require the use of different codes. [MORE]
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