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Nasal hemorrhage

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    Hello,

    What code do you use for cautery of nasal mucosa due to nosebleeds even if it is not currently bleeding. 30901 or 30801?

    Thank You!
    Christina Musser, CPC

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    Christina:

    If there is not an active bleed, I would go with the 30801.

    30901 clearly states for nosebleeds
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    30801 is cautery of the turbinates. if the Turbinates are not what is being cauterized, 30801 cannot be used.

    I would go with either 30901 even if the nose is not actively bleeding if there is documentation of nose bleeds and that is the reason for the cautery.

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