Someone told me to bill an E/M code like 99212 or 99202, instead of 69210 when removing impacted cerumen with instrumentation. What do you think?
I heard you say at a course (you were great, by the way, I learned a lot from you!) that we should wait for a pathology report before billing for excision of skin lesions. Please explain why. This may be why I’m not getting paid.
January 14, 2016 Question: I am trying to come up with the right CPT codes for a repair of nasal vestibular stenosis so we can get it pre-certified. Can you help? Answer: Yes, you are wise to determine the correct codes for pre-certification, otherwise the surgery might not be paid if you billed different codes. ...
I was in attendance at the "top ten coding issues" talk that you gave in Dallas at the AAOHNS annual meeting. Great talk, Kim! We spoke regarding CPT 69210 after the session. I just want to confirm that use of magnification is not necessary for this code. My associates insist that 69210 requires using the operative microscope. I realize that simple lavage doesn’t qualify, but I use illumination and instruments and or suction. What is correct?
We are thinking about starting an endoscopic skull base surgery program and doing skull base procedures via an expanded endonasal/endoscopic approach. I’ve looked in the CPT book for codes and it looks like CPT 61580-61619 are just what I’m looking for. Is this correct?
I just wanted to verify the guidelines for billing cerumen removal (69210). Before, it needed to state that the cerumen was “impacted” to be able to bill CPT 69210. I was just told that guideline has changed and that anything that goes in the body (I’m thinking like a curette to remove cerumen), even if it is not impacted, is now billable. Is this correct?
If I use one of the new ICD-10-CM codes for otitis media, do I still need to use the CPT modifier 50 for bilateral procedures when I bill for tympanostomy tube placement (69436)?
I am hoping that ICD-10-CM has codes for recurrent acute otitis media since this is one of the most common reasons why we put in tympanostomy tubes. Did this happen?
I noticed that the ICD-10 codes for many ear conditions are specific for right, left and bilateral. But what if I am billing for a bilateral procedure, such as tympanostomy tubes? Should I use the right and left codes, or should I use the bilateral code?
Do you advise that we hold our claims for excision of skin lesion procedures until after the pathology report is received? That seems to delay our charges and I want to get them billed quickly!