AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery Respiratory System (June 2001)

June 2001 page 10a Coding Consultation Respiratory System, Surgery, 31622, 31628 (Q&A) Question If a diagnostic bronchoscopy (31622) is considered to be a bilateral procedure, would procedures performed using a bronchoscope also be considered bilateral? For example, if transbronchial biopsy is performed on both lungs, would code 31628 be reported one time, or would modifier -50, Bilateral procedure, be appended? AMA Comment Transbronchial biopsy of both lungs, performed through a bronchoscope, would be reported as 31628-50. The diagnostic bronchoscopy is considered to be a bilateral procedure, whereas the therapeutic procedures are considered to be unilateral. Respiratory System, Surgery...

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