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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
Modifiers:
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