AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery: Respiratory System (Q&A) (June 2010)

June 2010 page 8d Surgery: Respiratory System (Q&A) Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 69424, Ventilating tube removal requiring general anesthesia, for the removal of a ventilating tube without general anesthetic? Answer: No. CPT code 69424 is reported only when general anesthesia is used. If the physician removes a ventilating tube in the office setting without general anesthesia and meets the necessary key components of an evaluation and management (E/M) service, the appropriate E/M code should be reported.  Here the physician should carefully document the time and technique used.  Removal of a tympanostomy tube...

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