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endoscopic medial maxillectomy

Donnine Posted Tue 24th of January, 2012 17:52:12 PM

We have been billing an endoscopic medial maxillectomy as 31225. I don't know that this is correct. Please provide some clarification. Thanks!

SuperCoder Answered Wed 25th of January, 2012 15:48:07 PM

I think the endoscopic code is 31267 which seems to be partial, but 31225 is not an endoscopic code.
31267 Nasal/sinus endoscopy, surgical, with maxillary antrostomy; with removal of tissue from maxillary sinus
31225 Maxillectomy; without orbital exenteration .... Not an endoscopic procedure.

Donnine Posted Wed 25th of January, 2012 18:58:59 PM

That is my point. It is an endoscopic procedure. 31267 does not take in account the cuts into the maxilla bone. I am going to code it with 21048 and 31267.

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