CMS Considering Change in Coding Robotic Prostatectomy to an Outpatient Procedure



Dear Colleagues:

As you may have heard, CMS is considering a change in coding of robotic prostatectomy (CPT 55866) to an outpatient procedure.

We strongly oppose the change as it would significantly impact patient safety and resources to maintain Quality and Improvement (QI) activities, and further require burdensome administrative efforts away from patient care.   The CMS provides a ‘comment period’ during which we ask members to consider providing a response.  Any data that you  may have demonstrating, for example, mean and or median hospital stays for robotic prostatectomy, would be particularly helpful and can be uploaded as a chart, figure, or table.

Here’s how to comment:

1. Please go to and/or click on the following link

2. Find the Comment Now button on the top right.

3. Enter your response in the provided box that opens.

4. Click on the identifier response boxes as directed.


Thank you for your efforts!

John Phillips, MD