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Need Code for Laryngoscopy

  1. #1
    Question Need Code for Laryngoscopy
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    Our physician is doing direct laryngoscopy with laser ablation of a papilloma.


    Amy Cypert-Barton, NRMA, CCS, CPC
    Central Park Surgery Center

  2. Default Laryngoscopy
    Don't let the "laser" throw you, it's just the technique and/or instrument, procedure is identified as the same; I suggest CPT 31540

    ENT CT

  3. Default Vocal cords right/left - use of modifier bilateral
    Can you help me to understand why when a direct laryngoscopy was performed and polyps removed from left and right vocal cords. Why the modifier 50 is not used on CPT code 31540 to indicate bilateral? This is the same case for 31541 ( performed on each vocal cord).

    Thank you this is my first question in this forum.

  4. #4
    Monroe, NC chapter
    The 2 codes do not allow for the addition of a 50 mod. The description of the procedures describe vocal cords (plural).

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