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Selected endocrine surgery billing codes and procedures that should be accepted nationally for institutional billing as standard of care practice

  • Mark S. Cohen
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    Reprint requests: Mark S. Cohen, MD, FSSO, FACS, Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine; Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Carle Health, 506 S. Mathews St., Medical Sciences Building 180P, Urbana, IL 61801.
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    Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Carle Health; Professor of Surgery and Biomedical and Translational Sciences in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Professor of Bioengineering in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
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Published:November 21, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2022.09.033
      This discussion and update presented is a group effort from the Endocrine Surgery Identity Committee, Billing and Coding Subcommittee, including myself, Drs Feibi Zheng (Baylor College of Medicine), Jennifer Kuo (Columbia University), Barbra Miller (The Ohio State University), Brenessa Lindeman (University of Alabama), Meredith Sorensen (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System), and Christine Landry (Baylor Health System). The purpose of this position statement is to promote standardization of practice among institutional billers, coders, and departments around procedures commonly performed by endocrine surgeons, which have existing current procedural terminology (CPT) billing codes appropriate for the work being done. This document was developed to provide support and justification, as well as describe standards of practice, for how selected endocrine procedures should be coded for proper reimbursement of services. These CPT codes have already been approved and established by the American Medical Association and most institutions nationally are already coding them as intended. However, several institutions are not utilizing or approving the use of these codes in line with national standard practices. As such, the Endocrine Surgery Identity Committee of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) created a special billing and coding subcommittee, whose directive was to provide a position statement to educate and promote consistency of billing practices around the country for these services.
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