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Elaine Posted Tue 15th of May, 2012 19:08:16 PM

If a patient comes into the office who has not had endoscopic sinus surgery, and a nasal endoscopy is performed with removal of significant crusts (debridement) bilaterally, and the patient has chronic sinusitis.

Is it appropriate to bill 31237-50?

Or is this code only appropriate when the patient has had endoscopic sinus surgery? If this is the case, what code would I use?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 15th of May, 2012 19:15:25 PM

31237-50 is correct. This is a part of FESS only as the patient has chronic sinusitis and the surgeon is doing debridement.

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