coding assistance 30140 vs 30802

cwater

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Based on this excerpt from the operative note, how would you code this, 30140 RT or 30802?


Using a coblater to incise mucosa and resect the submucosal soft tissue and bone, SMR of the right inferior turbinate was performed. A tunnel was made between the right bony membranous inferior turbinate. The turbinator was used to remove part of the right bony turbinate with removal of part of the right membranous lateral turbinate membrane


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Camille Waterhouse
 

Venkatakrishnan

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Hi Camille,

CPT 30140 would be the correct fit for this scenario. The keyword to determine 30140 is INCISION. If merely, coblation was alone performed, no need for incision at all.

When both are documented, we can go with more invasive level (incision)

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Vernon Kreiss
 
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