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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

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Trying to Capture Trach Tube Changes With E/M Codes? Here's How.

Tip: Get clear documentation of the complaint. According to coding guidelines, 31502 (Tracheotomy tube change prior to establishment of fistula tract) represents a change in a patient’s tracheostomy tube before the surgeon establishes a mature fistula tract. You don’t normally report 31502 for patients who have long-term, established tracheostomies. Instead, you report the work with an E/M code if a [...]


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