Billing Cryosurgery of the Prostate Gland CPT 55873

Cryosurgery of the prostate gland, also known as cryosurgical ablation of the prostate (CAP), destroys prostate tissue by applying extremely cold temperatures in order to reduce the size of the prostate gland

Coverage Requirements

Medicare covers cryosurgery of the prostate gland effective for claims with dates of service on or after July 1, 1999. The coverage is for:

1.  Primary treatment of patients with clinically localized prostate cancer, Stages T1 – T3 (diagnosis code is 185 – malignant neoplasm of prostate).
2. Salvage therapy (effective for claims with dates of service on or after July 1, 2001 for patients:
a. Having recurrent, localized prostate cancer;
b. Failing a trial of radiation therapy as their primary treatment; and
c. Meeting one of these conditions: State T2B or below; Gleason score less than 9 or; PSA less than 8 ng/ml.

Billing Requirements

Claims for cryosurgery for the prostate gland are to be submitted on the ANSI X12 ASC 837, or, in exceptional circumstances, on a hard copy Form CMS – 1450. This procedure can be rendered in an inpatient or outpatient hospital setting (types of bill (TOBs) 11x 13x, 83x, and 85x).
The FI will look for the following when processing claims with cryosurgery services:

• Diagnosis Code 185 (must be on all cryosurgical claims);
• For outpatient claims HCPCS 55873 and revenue codes 0360, 0361, or 0369 Cryosurgery ablation of localized prostate cancer, stages T1- T3 (includes ultrasonic guidance for interstitial cryosurgery probe placement, postoperative irrigations and aspiration of sloughing tissue included) must be on all outpatient claims; and
• For inpatient claims procedure code 60.62 (perineal prostatectomy- the definition includes cryoablation of prostate, cryostatectomy of prostate, and radical cryosurgical ablation of prostate) must be on the claim.

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