AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 8 (August)

Tongue Base Tissue Volume Reduction (August 2010)

August 2010 page 10 Tongue Base Tissue Volume Reduction A new code was added in 2009 to represent tongue base tissue volume reduction. CPT code 41530, Submucosal ablation of the tongue base, radiofrequency, 1 or more sites, per session, was established to report submucosal radio-frequency tissue volume reduction of the tongue base. Concurrently, Category III code 0088T, which previously described this procedure, was deleted. A parenthetical note was placed in the Category III section directing users to the new Category I code. Radiofrequency tongue base tissue volume reduction is a procedure designed to improve the hypopharyngeal airway. An alternative...

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