AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery Eye and Ocular Adnexa (September 2001)

September 2001 page 10c Coding Consultation Eye and Ocular Adnexa, Surgery, 68720, 30130 (Q&A) Question Is turbinectomy included in code 68720, Dacryocystorhinostomy (fistulization of lacrimal sac to nasal cavity)? AMA Comment A turbinectomy is not considered to be an integral component of a dacryocystorhinostomy. Therefore, when a dacryocystorhinostomy and turbinectomy are performed at the same session by the same provider, code 30130, Excision of turbinate, partial or complete, any method, should be reported in addition to code 68720. Modifier -51, Multiple Procedures, should be appended to the secondary procedure to indicate that multiple procedures were performed at the...

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