AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery Respiratory System (April 2000)

April 2000 page 10a Coding Consultation Respiratory System, Surgery, 31622, 31629 (Q&A) Question Can I report codes 31622, Bronchoscopy, (rigid or flexible); diagnostic with or without cell washing (separate procedure), and 31629, Bronchoscopy, (rigid or flexible); with transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy, if the physician performs both services during the same session? AMA Comment In CPT 2000, code 31622 was revised and is now designated as a separate procedure. Therefore, since a surgical bronchoscopy always includes diagnostic bronchoscopy when performed by the same physician, it would not be appropriate to report code 31622 with code 31629. Only code 31629...

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