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Emergency Department Coding & Reimbursement Alert

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Get to Know Nose, Throat Anatomy

Question: Our ED physician’s procedure notes indicates that he inserted a scope through the nose to examine the larynx. Is that a nasopharyngoscopy, and should we report the procedure as 92511? Supercoder Subscriber Answer: No, the code you listed (92511,  Nasopharyngoscopy with endoscope (separate procedure)) describes examination of the nasopharynx, not the larynx. The code you should use is 31575 (Laryngoscopy, flexible; diagnostic) even [...]

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