Tracheostomy with Glossectomy

Tracheostomy with Glossectomy

July 22, 2021

Question:
We billed 31600 for a tracheostomy along with 41140 (total glossectomy). CPT 31600 was denied. How can we appeal?

Answer:
Good question, however, the denial was appropriate.  CPT guidelines say that a tracheostomy is included in the glossectomy codes 41140 – 41155 as these procedures would not be performed without a tracheostomy.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 7/22/21.

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