tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2019 Issue 3

CPT® Coding: Keep Your UPPP, Pharyngoplasty Coding in Check With These Examples

Learn what to look out for in the documentation. There are plenty of variables to consider when analyzing operative reports involving uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and pharyngoplasty procedures. It’s the coder’s responsibility to sift through the pertinent details of the report to confirm that the surgeon has performed each respective operation. However, depending on the detail of the operative report, that can be easier said than done. If that’s not enough, there’s also the challenge of knowing how to identify when the work included in an operative report justifies the coding of a pharyngoplasty versus that of...

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