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fee for post-op nasal endoscopy

Catherine Posted Wed 22nd of May, 2013 18:42:09 PM

I am trying to find a fee schedule for the hcpcs code S2342 Nasal endoscopy for postoperative debridement following functional endoscopic sinus surgery....

SuperCoder Answered Fri 24th of May, 2013 12:51:05 PM

S codes are temporary third level HCPCS codes and are not recognized by Medicare.

Coders should continue to use 31237 (Nasal/sinus endoscopy, surgical; with biopsy, polypectomy or debridement [separate procedure]), not S2342 (Nasal endoscopy for post-operative debridement following functional endoscopic sinus surgery, nasal and/or sinus cavity[s], unilateral or bilateral).

Warning: Use an S code only if you have specific instructions from your payer. Remember, you code according to CPT and should use temporary codes to the specific payers based on your contracts and payer instructions.

There are some payers, in particular some BCBS payers who do process S2342 for post FESS debridements. If you are having trouble getting those debridements paid, with a private payer, you may want to ask them if they would prefer S2342 to represent these post FESS debridements.

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