AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2015 Issue 4; Ask the editor

Bilateral inferior turbinate outfracture and cautery

A patient with inferior turbinate hypertrophy was seen at our facility and underwent a bilateral inferior turbinate outfracture and cautery. The code descriptor for CPT code 30930 states “Fracture nasal inferior turbinate(s), therapeutic, and since turbinate(s) indicate singular or plural, can modifier 50, Bilateral Procedure, be appended in this case? ...

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