AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 11 (November)

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

November 2010 page 9b Surgery: Digestive System Question: What CPT codes should be reported for a tonsillectomy, palatal implants, and uvular radiofrequency reduction performed at the same surgical session? Answer: The tonsillectomy is reported with code 42836, Tonsillectomy, primary or secondary; age 12 or over. The palatal implants and radiofrequency uvular co-agulation are not reported with any specific CPT code; therefore, code 42299, Unlisted procedure, palate, uvula, should be reported once to describe both of these procedures. When performing two or more procedures that require the use of the same unlisted code, the unlisted code should be reported only...

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