Coding Tip: Bronchoscopy with Removal of Mucus Plugs or Foreign Body

HIA has previously discussed the coding of bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). The coding of procedures performed via bronchoscopy has become complicated in ICD-10-PCS. The coder must now think about the objective of the procedure to assign the correct root operation, the correct body part being addressed, and the correct approach and whether or not the intent of any removal of tissue or fluid was diagnostic.

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