tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 7

Reader Question: Tips for Coding Turbinates Procedures

Question: “Dr. Johns documented that he used a blade to submucosally excise tissue with a microdebrider and suction through a tube. Is CPT® 30140 correct?” (Coding scenario presented to attendees at the American Academy of Professional Coders’ Healthcon by Candice Fenildo, CPC, CPMA, CPB, CPC-I, CRHC, CENTC, AAPC Fellow.) Answer: It depends on whether the surgeon removed both mucosa and bone, or simply cut the mucosa to gain access to thebone, Fenildo told her class. Code 30140 (Submucous resection inferior turbinate, partial or complete, any method) specifies excision of bone. “There must be documentation that...

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