CPT Assistant on new flexible laryngoscopy codes released

August 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 7

For the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2017 code set, six new codes were added for reporting open treatment of laryngeal stenosis, open vocal cord medialization, and open cricotracheal resection (CPT 31551-31554, 31591, 31592). In addition, CPT added three new codes to report ablation or destructions, therapeutic injections, and injection(s) for augmentation (31572-31574) and revised the existing laryngoscopy codes (31575-31579). Finally, CPT 31582 and 31588 were deleted.

To help ensure members understand these code changes and accurately report for these procedures, the Academy helped the American Medical Association (AMA) develop a CPT Assistant on the new and updated flexible laryngoscopy codes. The CPT Assistant includes full, updated code descriptors, details on revisions to the codes, helpful coding tips, clinical examples, and descriptions of all the procedures.

The Flexible Laryngoscopy CPT Assistant is published in the July 2017 issue of CPT Assistant. Academy members can access the article through the Academy’s Coding Corner, a benefit for members providing access to the newest coding and reimbursement tools, at http://www.entnet.org/content/coding-corner.

Subscriptions to the AMA CPT Assistant, for access to all articles, can be purchased through the AMA’s online store at www.commerce.ama-assn.org.