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Old 02-06-2009, 10:50 AM
amycypert amycypert is offline
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Question Need Code for Laryngoscopy

Our physician is doing direct laryngoscopy with laser ablation of a papilloma.


Amy Cypert-Barton, NRMA, CCS, CPC
Central Park Surgery Center
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:48 PM
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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

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Old 06-21-2013, 04:00 PM
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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).

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:36 AM
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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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