Respiratory Question for the Week of July 1, 2024

Question:

When coding bronchoscopy procedures, why is it recommended that all code assignments be reviewed by a coding professional from the Health Information Management (HIM) department?

Answer:

The following information is provided as a reference for the application of the codes for bronchoscopy procedures; however, it should be stressed that there are a number of NCCI edits associated with this series of CPT® codes. If the charges for bronchoscopy procedures are generated by the respiratory therapy department; it is recommended that all CPT code assignment be reviewed by a coding professional from the health information management (HIM) department to assure the accuracy of all procedures billed and the use of modifiers if indicated. Note that in 2017 the “bull’s-eye” symbol representing moderate sedation was removed from the procedures in this section. Moderate sedation is now separately reportable, when appropriate, with CPT codes 99151–99157.

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