Zoom In On the Rules for Reporting +69990 with Ear Procedures

Healthcare Business Monthly – November 2016
by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP

CPT® tells us when not to separately report the use of an operating microscope. We’ll tell you when you should.

Many otolaryngologists use an operating microscope when performing ear procedures in the operating room. Coders often wonder if it is acceptable to report CPT® +69990 Microsurgical techniques, requiring use of operating microscope (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) in addition to the primary ear procedure code.

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