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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

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Question: Should we assign 31254 and 31255 for an anterior ethmoidectomy?

Florida Subscriber Answer: You should not use 31254 (Nasal/sinus endoscopy, surgical; with ethmoidectomy, partial [anterior]) in addition to 31255 (… with ethmoidectomy, total [anterior and posterior]). Code 31255 is indented under 31254. Based on CPT® Codebook instructions, the indent is a space saver. "Some of the [...]

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