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Best Choice for Thyroidectomy With Central Neck Dissection

Question: How should we bill a thyroidectomy with central neck dissection?
Minnesota Subscriber Answer: Some coders recommend an “unlisted” code such as 21899 (Unlisted procedure, neck or thorax), but that’s not necessarily your best option. Instead, you’d be wise to follow the advice of CPT® Assistant in December 2012: bill 60252 (Thyroidectomy, total or subtotal for malignancy; with [...]

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