AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery Respiratory System (December 2001)

December 2001 page 6 Coding Consultation Respiratory System, Surgery, 31254, 31267, 31237 (Q&A) Question What CPT code should I use to report post-operative, endoscopic debridement without a biopsy or polypectomy following functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), such as those procedures described by CPT codes 31254-56 or 31267? AMA Comment CPT code 31237 should be used to bill post-operative endoscopic debridements performed outside the global surgery period following FESS. Following intranasal procedures performed endoscopically, particularly those involving the paranasal sinuses, inspection and debridement of the operative sites are, in most instances, considered the standard of care. Accumulation of clots...

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