AMA CPT® Assistant - 2014 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery: Auditory System (Q&A) (July 2014)

July 2014 page 9 Surgery: Auditory System Question: Is it appropriate to report code 69310, Reconstruction of external auditory canal (meatoplasty) (eg, for stenosis due to injury, infection) (separate procedure), for an incisional procedure to treat severe narrowing of the ear canal that includes soft tissue undermining the stenosis and gauze packing to stent the ear canal widely? The procedure report does not specifically state "reconstruction." Should a reduced service modifier be used? Answer: This procedure describes a meatoplasty and is reported appropriately with code 69310. Ear canal soft tissue undermining the stenosis requires considerable physician work, as...

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