AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery/Operating Microscope (September 2008)

September 2008 page 11 Surgery: Operating Microscope, 69990 (Q&A) Question: Is it ever appropriate to report code 69990 more than once during the same operative session (eg, bilateral procedure 69436-50)? Answer: No. Code 69990 should be reported only once per operative session. Code 69990 not only represents the work of setting up, calibrating, positioning, and adjusting the operating microscope when brought into the surgical field, it also represents the circumstance where microsurgical technique is performed. Surgery: Operating Microscope, 69990 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2008; September 2008 page 11 ...

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