Videostroboscopy/Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy

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October 30, 2014

Question:  

I recently purchased a videostroboscopy for my practice and was talking to the rep about how to bill for the service. The rep told me to bill 31575 for the flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy and also 31579 for the videostroboscopy. I’ve billed both codes a couple of times but we can’t seem to get paid on both codes. Please help!

Answer:

Congratulations on the new service and expanding your practice! Unfortunately, you’ve been given inaccurate advice. It is not appropriate to report both 31575 and 31579 for the same service. CPT 31579 includes the flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy (31575), so we suggest you write off the denials and do not report 31575 with 31579.

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