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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Get the Full Scoop on Balloon Septoplasty Procedures
Follow these steps to ensure your unlisted code gets paid. Being a seasoned otolaryngolog... Read more
Wrangle in This Set of Tricky Salivary Duct Procedures
Work out three coding examples to enhance your skills. Mastering the fundamentals of ear,... Read more
Steer Clear of These Common Modifier 59 Fictions
Stay on top of your NCCI claims by avoiding this misinformation. Modifier 59 is, historic... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Refer to MUEs for Multiple Unit Billing
Question: The surgeon documents an incision of the labial frenum for both upper and lower ... Read more
Reader Question:
Take These Steps for LCD Non-Covered Dxs
Question: Does Medicare restrict coverage to only the diagnoses listed under the code's Lo... Read more
Reader Question:
Use Distinct Specialty Codes for Swallowing Function Evaluations
Question: I'm looking to code a fluoroscopic swallowing function evaluation, but the ... Read more
Reader Question:
Choose Right Comparison Code for Middle Turbinate Reduction
Question: What's the CPT® code for a submucosal reduction of the middle turbina... Read more
Case Studies:
Outline These Defining Elements of 69610, 69620
Work through four examples to drive the point home. Most otolaryngology coders, beginner ... Read more
E/M Coding:
Answer 2 Important FAQs on Prolonged E/M Visits
See how time plays a key role in the coding process. When you get down to the gritty deta... Read more
Special E/M Services:
Get Answers to These After-Hours, Emergency E/M Visit Questions
Know what to do when a visit extends beyond business hours. Consider a scenario where you... Read more
Reader Question:
Look to 31540 for Laryngoscopy with Laser Ablation
Question: The surgeon performs a laryngoscopy with laser ablation of a papilloma. What cod... Read more
Reader Question:
Append Modifier 52 for Partial Uvulectomy
Question: How should I code for a partial uvulectomy? The surgeon documents an excision of... Read more
Reader Question:
Include Nosebleed Packing Removal in E/M Visit
Question: Can I code the removal of a Rhino Rocket® to control a nosebleed with CPT® cod... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Follow Bundling Rules for Same-Sided Tube, Cerumen Removal
Question: The surgeon performs a bilateral tube removal under general anesthesia in additi... Read more