Coding for Laparoscopic and Robotic Procedures

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Prerecorded Event
Michael A. Ferragamo, Jr., MD, FACS
60 minutes
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Tools, Tips and Knowledge to Properly Code & Bill Laparoscopic/Robotic Procedures


The American Medical Association (AMA), in 2008, published the total laparoscopic hysterectomy set of codes (TLH). This is the third set of code that addresses to the laparoscopic approach to hysterectomy. Laparoscopy and Robotics have become a popular surgical technology for many surgical procedures – both urological and uro-gynecological. In many instances this technology has replaced open surgery. There are many new CPT® codes used for billing these services. Unfortunately, many of these frequently performed laparoscopic/robotic procedures do not have specific procedural CPT® codes.

This session by expert speaker Michael A. Ferragamo, Jr., MD, FACS, will review the general concepts for coding these services and provide you with specific tools, tips, and the knowledge to properly code and bill and to ensure correct and entitled payments of all laparoscopic/robotic procedures. To help satisfy these objectives, specific coding for various clinical scenarios will be addressed and stressed to help clarify and teach these principles of coding.

Session Highlights:

  • Use of specific CPT® codes for robotic procedures
  • How to bill when a robotic code does not exist?
  • How to bill for a robotic simple nephrectomy?
  • What constitutes a robotic radical nephrectomy?
  • How to code for a robotic radical prostatectomy and a simple robotic prostatectomy?
  • How to code for the robotic performance on an ileal conduit and radical cystoprostatectomy at one encounter?
  • How to bill for the various robotic lymphadenectomies?

Session Snapshots:

  • Introduction to Coding for Laparoscopic and Robotic Procedures
  • Correct Coding for Laparoscopy
  • Unlisted Laparoscopic Procedures
  • Laparoscopic Renal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Upper Tract Tumors
  • Total Nephroureterectomy
  • Bilateral Procedure Changes
  • Laparoscopic Ureteral Surgery
  • Laparoscopic/Robotic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Clinical Scenario
  • Laparoscopic Vasectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for the Urogynecologist
  • Urogynecology Coding Update
  • Laparoscopic Coding Problems
  • Coding for Robotic Procedures

Who should attend?

Urologists, gynecologists, urogynecologists, pediatric urologists, and general surgeons who perform laparoscopic/robotic procedures and wish to increase their knowledge of the coding and billing of these services. Coders, billers and all office staff involved in authorization, precertification, coding and posting of these procedures may wish to attend and increase their knowledge

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About Our Speaker

Michael A. Ferragamo - Urology Coding Expert

Dr. Michael A. Ferragamo, Jr., MD, FACS, is the former chief of urology of Hempstead Medical Center and of Franklin Medical Center of Long Island, New York, and presently is assistant clinical professor of urology, State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine. Michael is a consulting editor for Urology Coding Alert and is a coding consultant for many private practices across the United States as...   More Info
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