Coding for Anterior Submucous Resectioning of the Inferior Turbinates

How can I report the anterior submucous resectioning of the inferior turbinates (bilaterally), with additional posterior volumetric reduction using a microdebrider followed by the crushing and lateralizing of the turbinates?

You should code this service with CPT code 30140 - Submucous resection inferior turbinate, partial or complete, any method with modifier 50- Bilateral procedures. If the tissue removed was bone - do not report CPT code 30801 - Cautery and/or ablation, mucosa of inferior turbinates, unilateral or bilateral, any method; superficial or 30802 - Cautery and/or ablation, mucosa of inferior turbinates, unilateral or bilateral, any method; intramural.

Note that the “additional volumetric reduction” which is performed is included in CPT code 30140.  According to the code descriptor for CPT code 30140 (in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual), “Do not report 30130 or 30140 in conjunction with 30801 or 30802, 30930.”

 

Approved May 2010

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