Respiratory Question for the Week of January 1, 2018


Can we separately report endoscopic procedures that are performed on two regions of the respiratory system with different types of endoscopes?


Yes, both procedures may be separately reportable if they are medically reasonable and necessary. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services give the following example.

If a patient requires diagnostic bronchoscopy for a lung mass with a fiberoptic bronchoscope and a separate laryngoscopy for a laryngeal mass with a fiberoptic laryngoscope at the same patient encounter, HCPCS/CPT® codes for both procedures may be reported separately. It must be medically reasonable and necessary to utilize two separate endoscopes to report both codes.

CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association

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