AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery: Auditory System (Q&A) (November 2010)

November 2010 page 9a Surgery: Auditory System Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 69424 for removal of a ventilating tube without general anesthetic? Answer: No. It is not appropriate to report CPT code 69424, Ventilating tube removal requiring general anesthesia, for removing a ventilating tube without the use of general anesthetic as the procedure requires general anesthesia. If the physician removes the ventilating tube in the office setting without general anesthesia and meets the necessary key components of an evaluation and management (E/M) service, the appropriate E/M code should be reported. Surgery: Auditory System (Q&A) (November...

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