AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 2 (February)

Respiratory System (February 2001)

February 2001 page 11b Coding Consultation Respiratory System, 31700, 31717 (Q&A) Question We would like your opinion on the appropriateness of reporting code 31700 with code 31717. AMA Comment Some of the procedures or services listed in CPT are commonly carried out as an integral component of a >total service or procedure. An integral component is considered necessary to complete the total procedure or service. In CPT, these procedures or services are identified with the words "separate procedure" in the code descriptor. Codes with "separate procedure" in the descriptors should not be reported in addition to the...

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