AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2020 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Epistaxis control

A patient presented to the emergency department (ED) with anterior epistaxis. Tranexamic acid (TXA) was applied topically with a Q-tip resulting in resolution of the bleeding. The patient was monitored for over an hour and there was no re-bleeding. Since cautery or packing were not utilized, is it appropriate to assign CPT code 30901, Control nasal hemorrhage, anterior, simple (limited cautery and/or packing) any method, when TXA is applied via a Q-tip to control epistaxis? ...

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