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Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Explore Your Diagnostic Scope Coding Options to Ensure Maximum Pay

Tip: Make this 'rigid' versus 'flexible' scope distinction. Are you relying on 31575 for all your diagnostic scope claims? You could be denying your practice up to $80 per claim, and during these times, you can't afford to miss a dime. If you can spot these key terms for 31231 or 92511, then you can boost your claim's bottom line. The numbers should be on your side if you grasp these scope fundamentals. Dispel 92511 'Loser' Myth If you're like many ENT coders, you may not want to code 92511 (Nasopharyngoscopy with endoscope [separate procedure]) because you "think it pays the least of the flexible scope codes," says Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, CPCH, CPCP, CPC-I, CHCC, president of CRN Healthcare Solutions, a consulting firm in Tinton Falls, N.J. Actually, the code's total value is in between the lower-paying 31575 (Laryngoscopy, flexible fiberoptic; diagnostic) and the higher-paying 31231 (Nasal [...]