Category: Otolaryngology

Vocal Fold Augmentation Injections in the Office
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Vocal Fold Augmentation Injections in the Office

May 5, 2022 Question: What code do I use for a vocal fold injection for augmentation in the office? Can I also bill for the injection material? Answer: Good questions! The correct code is 31574, Laryngoscopy, flexible; with injection(s) for augmentation (eg, percutaneous, transoral), unilateral when performed via flexible laryngoscopy. If you’re in place of...

Inpatient E/M Coding
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Inpatient E/M Coding

April 21, 2022 Question: I did an inpatient consultation and coded 99253 (non-Medicare). I did not need to follow the patient so I signed off. They asked me to re-consult a week later.  What is the code for a re-consult? Answer: There are no specific E/M codes for an inpatient re-consultation.  You’ll use the subsequent...

ER Visit Coding
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ER Visit Coding

March 24, 2022 Question: What code do we charge for an ER visit when our physician was called to the ER by the ER doctor? The patient has Medicare. Answer: If the patient was not admitted by you to the hospital (e.g., they were admitted by another service or discharged), then you code it as...

Nasal Wall Reconstruction
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Nasal Wall Reconstruction

February 24, 2022 Question: One of our physicians is scheduling a nasal wall reconstruction with Latera®.  He is wanting to use code 30465 (repair nasal vestibular stenosis).  I know there is a code for Latera which is 30468 and I feel we should use this code.  Please give me your opinion. Answer: CPT 30468 was...

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