Coding for the Treatment of Urological Tumors

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Michael A. Ferragamo, Jr., MD, FACS
Conference Date
Wed, Aug 08, 2018
90 minutes
Product Description

Learn How to Avoid Coding Errors and Increase Your Payment for Urological Tumor Care


Coding for benign and malignant urological tumors has recently changed, along with surgical techniques and approaches. Coupled with the new CPT and ICD-10 codes, coding for tumor therapy has become even more complex – leading to higher chances of incorrect coding, noncompliance, increased payment denials, and loss of revenue. Urologists and coders need to understand and prepare for these changes before it’s too late.

In this audio conference, urology specialist Michael A. Ferragamo will deal extensively with these complex changes and problems, and offer corrective measures to help you remain compliant. He will review the full scope of urological tumor treatment, and walk you through the ICD-10 diagnostic and treatment codes for kidney, bladder, ureter, and genitalia tumors – both malignant and benign. You will learn how to code for open surgeries, endoscopic, and laparoscopic/robotic procedures, as well as for treatment of single and multiple bladder tumors.

Ferragamo will teach you how to code for radical and simple nephrectomy, and tell you what distinguishes one from the other. He will discuss the new coding for needle biopsy of the prostate with ultrasound and MRI (fusion biopsy), teach you how to code properly for pelvic techniques (simple and extended), and also show you how to code a procedure when there is no specific CPT code, especially robotic procedures without specific codes.

After attending this session, you will be able to significantly improve your coding, compliance, and reimbursements. You may not find anything more comprehensive than this conference, so be sure to attend!

Session Highlights

Here’s a sample of what this session will cover:

  • A full-scope review of urological tumor treatment
  • ICD-10 diagnostic codes for tumors of the kidney, bladder, ureter, and genitalia – both malignant and benign
  • Treatment codes of the tumors mentioned above
  • Coding for open surgeries, endoscopic, and laparoscopic/robotic procedures
  • Treatment of single and multiple bladder tumors
  • Radical and simple nephrectomies, including difference in procedures
  • New coding for needle biopsy of the prostate with ultrasound and MRI (fusion biopsy)
  • Lymphadenectomy, how to properly code for pelvic simple and extended techniques
  • How to code a procedure when there is no specific CPT code, especially for robotic procedures without a specific CPT code

Session Agenda

  • Urological oncology coding
  • ICD-10-CM confusing terminology
  • Renal tumor coding scenarios
  • Bladder tumor diagnoses and ICD-10 diagnostic codes
  • Treatment of bladder tumors
  • Urethral/bladder biopsy
  • Chemo bladder instillation
  • Bladder oncological coding
  • “Complete” cystectomy
  • Urological surgical coding update
  • Coding for robotic procedures
  • Ureteral tumors - ICD-10 covered diagnoses
  • Procedures without codes – ureteral tumor

Who Should Attend:

  • Urologists
  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Non-physician providers
  • All staff members involved in coding and posting for treatment of urological tumors
Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker. 

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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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