AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 10 (October)

Respiratory System, 30520, 31254 (Q&A) (October 1997)

October 1997 page 11b Coding Consultation Respiratory System, 30520, 31254 (Q&A) Question If my physician performs the services in code 31254, nasal/sinus endoscopy, surgical; with ethmoidectomy, partial (anterior), and performs a septoplasty or submucous resection (code 30520) can we report both services? AMA Comment Yes, it would be appropriate to report both codes 31254 and 30520, as each is a separate and distinct service. In this instance, you would report the primary procedure as listed and the secondary procedure with the -51 modifier appended, to indicate that multiple procedures were performed by the same physician at the same...

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