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Channel Global Surgery Guidelines for Postop Within Global Period

Question: A patient presents for a follow-up visit two weeks following a total thyroidectomy. The physician performs a flexible laryngoscopy to check the status of the vocal cords and larynx. Can I bill for the flexible laryngoscopy? Texas Subscriber Answer: The global period for 60240 (Thyroidectomy, total or complete) is 90 days. In order to determine whether the follow-up laryngoscopy [...]