Bjork Flap Tracheostomy

Bjork Flap Tracheostomy

October 15, 2020

Question:
What would the correct CPT code be for a tracheostomy performed using a Bjork flap? I see some people stating it should be 31610. However, a Bjork flap is technically not a skin flap. I thought CPT 31610 was more for when a permanent stoma is created.

Answer:
CPT 31600 is the correct code for a Bjork flap tracheostomy. You are correct that 31610 is for a permanent tracheostomy where skin flaps are used to create a permanent stoma.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/15/20.

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