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Otolaryngology Coding Alert

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Myringotomy, Cerumen Removal, and Same-Site Tympanostomy

Question: Prior to performing a tympanostomy with tube placement, the provider performed a cerumen removal service and a myringotomy of the same ear. Can I bill out all three procedures? Oklahoma Subscriber Answer: Actually, you should only bill out with one code, 69436 (Tympanostomy [requiring insertion of ventilating tube], general anesthesia) or 69433 (Tympanostomy (requiring insertion of ventilating tube), local [...]