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    Question Anesthesia Glide Scope

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    I am wanting to know if anyone knows the code for a glide scope which is done by an anesthesiologist. I know 31500 is used for intubations but I was told with the glide scope it would be a different code and we would be paid more.

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    Apr 2007
    Lincoln, NE


    Glide scope is a video laryngoscope. Per NCCI anesthesia guidelines, it is not appropriate to bill separately for the larygnoscopy/bronchoscpy/nasal endoscopy when these techniques are used for intubation. You may be able to bill the -22 modifier on the intubation CPT code if it was a difficult intubation and documentation supports increased procedural services (i.e. increased time and/or technical difficulty).

    Julie, CPC

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