Modifier 50 with 30930?

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August 9, 2018

Question:
Can I bill 30930 with a modifier 50?  My physician and I are confused if it’s appropriate or not.  We’ve heard conflicting information.

Answer:
No.  A CPT Assistant from November 2017 overturned advice they published in July 2016.  The advice in the CPT Assistant, July 2016 stated modifier 50 (bilateral procedures) was acceptable on 30930 [Fracture, nasal inferior turbinate(s)].  However, that advice was corrected in an Erratum published in the November 2017 CPT Assistant.  Bottom line is that the code says “turbinate(s)” which implies plural and modifier 50 should not be appended.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 08/09/18.

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