Otolaryngology

Barbara Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPCO, CENTC is one of the country’s top coders and consultants in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery.  

Audiology Technician Billing

Medicare stipulates precise requirements for billing audiology technicians’ services. As outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Transmittal 84 in February 2008, these requirements are distinct from those governing audiolog…

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Coding 3 or 4 Sinuses Using FESS Codes

A lot of people have been asking questions about how to code FESS surgeries with the new combination codes when three or four sinuses are operated on. Sinus and FESS We have been expecting an AMA CPT® Assistant article with guidance this year, but no …

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Advocacy to Change 31241’s Pay to Outpatient

Advocates are seeking to convince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay for outpatient care of patients receiving 31241 Nasal/sinus endoscopy, surgical; with ligation of sphenopalatine artery. The new code for 2018 was assigned…

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Medical Coding Tissue Transfer or Rearrangement

I often see incorrect medical coding for “flaps”, which were adjacent tissue transfers, 14000-14350. Coders do not always understand that you can only code for the closure of the primary and secondary defect, but not for each flap that is created. Sur…

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