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    Good Morning - I was wondering if anyone has any idea what is the correct code for Palatoplasty - Woodson-Tucker procedure. Should it still be coded as UPPP 42145 ??? I appreciate any assistance available.

    Thank You

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    Please check withGenioplasty 21120 series

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    I would advise you to use 42145 with a 52 modifier; I read a little about the palatoplasty - Woodson/Tucker, the surgeon is cauterizing the palatal tissue so that it stiffens and shrinks up the tissue and opening up the airway, it is a modified way of performing a palatopharyngoplasty and not as extensive; because these types of sleep apnea procedures are all new, CPT is limited and we are stuck.

    CPT 21120 series is not correct.

    Hope this helps.

    CT ENT

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