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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Know What Sinus Services Include Middle Turbinate Excision

Question: The provider performs bilateral endoscopic maxillary antrostomies and bilateral endoscopic ethmoidectomies. Additionally, he performs a bilateral inferior turbinate coblation and an excision of the right middle turbinate. I cannot figure out what code to assign for the excision of the middle turbinate. Michigan Subscriber Answer: Actually, in the example you provide, you will not code the middle turbinate excision [...]