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Excision of two (2) intranasal lesions

Natalie Posted Mon 21st of October, 2013 10:27:04 AM

One of our surgeons needs to excise two intranasal lesions and wants to know if he can bill for both. He wants to use CPT code 30117 and then 30117 again with a modifier -59. Is this reasonable to bill this procedure like this?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 21st of October, 2013 18:45:08 PM

Code 30117 represents intranasal lesion excision or destruction. The lesion can be anywhere on the inner nose, not just on the right or left side. The code also specifies "lesion" singular, not plural. So if the otolaryngologist removes lesions from different sites, you should use units or modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service).

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