AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery Auditory System, 69990 (Q&A) (October 1999)

October 1999 page 10b Coding Consultation Auditory System, Surgery, 69990 (Q&A) Question If my otolaryngologist uses an operating microscope while performing any surgical procedure in the auditory system section (CPT codes 69000-69979), would it be appropriate to report code 69990 along with the auditory system surgical procedure(s)? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, code 69990, Use of operating microscope (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), may be reported when a surgical microscope is used to perform the techniques of microsurgery, and the use of the operating microscope is not listed as an inclusive component...

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