AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Respiratory System (March 2008)

March 2008 page 14e Surgery: Respiratory System, 30140, 30802, modifier's 50 or 52 (Q&A) Question: If radiofrequency (creating 3 intramural lesions per turbinate, using 30 seconds of radiofrequency per lesion) was used for inferior nasal turbinate reduction by radiofrequency, would this procedure be reported with code 30140 with modifier 52, 30140 with either modifier 50 or 52, or 30802? Answer: This procedure should be reported using code 30802, Cautery and/or ablation, mucosa of inferior turbinates, unilateral or bilateral, any method; intramural. The described procedure indicates three lesions were created to each inferior turbinate (bilateral) where the soft tissue...

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