AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 4 (April)

Coding Communication: Bronchoscopy (April 2010)

April 2010 page 5 Coding Communication: Bronchoscopy Two new bronchoscopy codes (31626 and 31627) were added in the CPT 2010 codebook to reflect current technology. 31626Bronchoscopy, rigid or flexible, including fluoroscopic guidance, when performed; with placement of fiducial markers, single or multiple +31627with computer-assisted, image-guided navigation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) This article will focus on these two new codes and offers clarification for their appropriate usage. It should be noted that bronchoscopy includes moderate (conscious) sedation, which is considered integral to its performance and would not be additionally reported. Moderate (conscious) sedation is denoted...

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