Coding and Reimbursement Strategies: Using an Unlisted Code for Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

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Coding and Reimbursement Strategies: Using an Unlisted Code for Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery – April 2013
by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP and Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P, CPC

The American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes for reporting medical services and procedures performed by physicians must be used to bill services to third party payers. The contemporary practice of medicine is occasionally ahead of the CPT code system and an accurate code may not always exist for the procedure performed; this is true for reporting most endoscopic/endonasal skull base surgery procedures.

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