What is the difference between 30901 and 30903?

What is the difference between 30901 and 30903?

The difference between “simple” and “complex” is not well-defined. The only description CPT gives to differentiate the two codes is that 30901 is “limited” and 30903 is “extensive.”

Can CPT code 30901 and 31231 be billed together?

No. CPT 31231 is a diagnostic procedure and includes the parenthetical statement “separate procedure.” That means 31231 is included in a more definitive therapeutic/treatment procedure at the same operative session. Report either CPT code 31231 or 30901 (or 30903 or 30905), but not both codes.

Does 30901 need a modifier?

CPT code 30902, control nasal hemorrhage bilateral, was deleted from the CPT manual in 1990. The current CPT book documents this deletion and, instead, instructs coders to report 30901 with the modifier -50.

What is nasal cautery?

Nose cautery can help prevent nosebleeds. The doctor uses a chemical swab or an electric current to cauterize the inside of the nose. This seals the blood vessels and builds scar tissue to help prevent more bleeding. For this procedure, your doctor made the inside of your nose numb.

What is the CPT codes for endoscopic control of nasal hemorrhage?

CPT 31238 merely states there is “control of nasal hemorrhage” endoscopically. The most important aspect of this code is that the endoscope is held parallel to the instrument/tool/substance being used for epistaxis control.

How do you code a nose bleed?

For simple treatment of anterior nasal hemorrhage, report CPT code 30901. For complex anterior nasal hemorrhage treatment use CPT code 30903. For simple posterior nasal hemorrhage treatment, report CPT code 30905. For complex simple posterior nasal hemorrhage, use CPT code 30906.

Is nasal cautery permanent?

It is best to avoid contact sports, hot baths and not to fly for the following 10 days ( the dry air in the airplane may cause more scabbing which if it comes away may result in bleeding). Whilst nasal cautery works well it is not a permanent cure and the nose bleeds can recur.

Does cauterizing hurt?

The procedure is generally painless, but after the anesthetic wears off, there may be pain for several days, and the nose may run for up to a week after this treatment.