Important CPT Code Changes for 2017 and How They Will Impact Documentation – Laryngoscopy Code Changes

Laryngoscopy Code Changes

Coding for larynx procedures will look a little different this year, with the term “fiber optic” removed from the laryngoscopy codes and the addition of new laryngoplasty codes, including stenosis codes that differ based on age. Be sure the documentation indicates how old the patient is.

31551Laryngoplasty; for laryngeal stenosis, with graft, without indwelling stent placement, younger than 12 years of age
31552Laryngoplasty; for laryngeal stenosis, with graft, without indwelling stent placement, age 12 years or older
31553Laryngoplasty; for laryngeal stenosis, with graft, with indwelling stent placement, younger than 12 year of age
31554Laryngoplasty; for laryngeal stenosis, with graft, with indwelling stent placement, age 12 year or older
31572Laryngoscopy, flexible; with ablation or destruction of lesion(s) with laser, unilateral
31573Laryngoscopy, flexible; with therapeutic injection(s) (eg, chemodenervation agent or corticosteroid, injected percutaneous, transoral, or via endoscope channel), unilateral
31574Laryngoscopy, flexible; with injection(s) for augmentation (eg, percutaneous, transoral), unilateral
31591Laryngoplasty, medialization, unilateral

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