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Can You Append Modifier 50 to 31231?

Question: My doctor says that we can bill 31231 as bilateral without a modifier. Is this correct?
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Answer: Yes, your physician is correct. Code 31231 (Nasal endoscopy, diagnostic, unilateral or bilateral [separate procedure]) is appropriate for both unilateral and bilateral procedures, so you shouldn’t report modifier 50 (Bilateral procedure) with it. Payment for [...]

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