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Pay-Per-View: Steer clear of sinus surgery coding slipups

APCs Insider, September 7, 2007

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Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physicians need a rock-solid knowledge of anatomy and the skill to maneuver technical equipment through the sinuses and nasal cavities. Coders, in turn, need an amassed set of knowledge in order to code intricate sinus surgeries.

Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CHCC, director of outreach programs for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in Tinton Falls, NJ, informs coders to pay close attention to modifiers -59, -50, -58, -78, and -79 in particular.

Click here to read more about modifier misuse and several problematic codes. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the September issue via their online subscriptions.



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