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Jan 10th, 2018
2018 brings us new functional endoscopic sinus surgery codes (FESS) which bundle a total ethmoidectomy with both a frontal sinusotomy and a sphenoidotomy with and without removal of tissue.  2018 CPT® also provides a new bundled code for a frontal and sphenoid endoscopic balloon dilation.  On initial review of these new codes and the instructions ...
Here’s the clarity you need to use new procedure codes, modifiers, and bundling rules correctly. CPT® 2018 introduces important changes for nasal/sinus endoscopy coding, including several new codes that bundle endoscopic procedures often performed together. Let’s explore these new codes, as well as other important additions and revisions. New Ethmoidectomy Codes Bundle Sphenoidotomy and More ...
Aug 19th, 2016
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing contractor special study of Medicare Part B claims for diagnostic nasal endoscopy, submitted between April and June 2014, showed that most improper payments were due to insufficient documentation. The specific CPT® codes targeted in the study were: 31231 Nasal endoscopy, diagnostic, unilateral or bilateral (separate procedure) 31233 Nasal/sinus endoscopy, diagnost...
Sep 1st, 2013
Coding/Billing Be sure your EHR can handle the detail required for the new sinusitis codes. by Jaci Johnson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CEMC Now that electronic health records (EHRs) are commonplace, it’s important to have a good understanding of what they will look like after ICD-10 has been implemented. For example, will the screen that displays ...
Nov 1st, 2011
Good documentation and a thorough understanding of anatomy and procedures will help you accurately code this service. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Anyone who has had chronic sinus infections knows how miserable the constant headache and facial pressure can be. Fortunately for chronic sufferers, there is a minimally invasive surgical technique to help ...