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

Unilateral bronchoscopy

A patient at our facility underwent a bronchoscopy and according to the procedure report, although the bronchoscope was introduced through the right nostril only the left bronchus and lung were examined and treated. We realize that a bronchoscopy is inherently bilateral, however, when the bronchoscopy is only performed on one side, would it be appropriate to append either modifier RT or LT to the specific bronchoscopy CPT code?  ...

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