Questions often arise about the correct reporting of circumcision of the newborn and management of complications such as adhesions. This article addresses the most frequently asked questions.

International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes for circumcision of a neonate are as follows:

Note: If circumcision using a clamp or other device is performed without dorsal penile or ring block, append modifier 52 (reduced services) to 54150. If circumcision performed by surgical excision other than clamp, device, or dorsal slit takes place outside of the neonatal period, see code 54161.

For those payers that assign global periods based on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, a 0-day global period is assigned to code 54150. Procedures with a 0-day global period include the initial surgical evaluation on the date of the procedure (eg, decision to perform the...

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