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hemangioma, epistaxis and 30100 with electrocautery, sternal needle

Tanesha Posted Mon 30th of December, 2019 22:54:29 PM
Would you just code 30100 only for this? Is the electrocautery, sternal needle included with 30100? Excerpt: OPERATIVE FINDINGS: Typical nasal hemangioma, appeared to be fairly scattered against the lateral nasal wall. It was biopsied. Cautery applied with electrocautery. Topically applied decongestants were applied to the nares bilaterally. The patient was noted to have an inferior-based mass on the left side. The area in question was significantly biopsied. Multiple biopsies were obtained of the area, sent to Pathology. The area itself was noted to be somewhat bulbous, this was treated then with electrocautery followed by a sternal needle, thus reducing both the mass and cauterizing the area.
SuperCoder Answered Tue 31st of December, 2019 05:01:20 AM

Hi Tanesha,


Thanks for your question.


There are two biopsies performed. One, nasal hemangioma is biopsied and electrocautery done. For this you may report CPT code 30100.


Second, inferior‑based mass on the left side was biopsied and electrocautery done. For this also you may report CPT code 30100.


Electrocautery and sternal needle are included in 30100. So, these should not be reported separately.


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