AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Biopsy of the Base of Tongue

A patient presented with a tumor at the right base of the tongue extending close to the midline and right lateral pharyngeal wall. A scope was inserted, the tumor at the base of the tongue was exposed, and biopsies were performed through the scope. There is no approach value for “via natural or artificial opening endoscopic” in the ICD-10-PCS table 0CB that corresponds with the body part value “Tongue.” What is the correct ICD-10-PCS code for an endoscopic biopsy of the base of the tongue? ...

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