Trends in Utilization of Vocal Fold Injection Procedures

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Abstract

Office-based vocal fold injections have become increasingly popular over the past 15 years. Examination of trends in procedure coding for vocal fold injections in the United States from 2000 to 2012 was undertaken to see if they reflect this shift. The US Part B Medicare claims database was queried from 2000 through 2012 for multiple Current Procedural Terminology codes. Over the period studied, the number of nonoperative laryngoscopic injections (31513, 31570) and operative medialization laryngoplasties (31588) remained constant. Operative vocal fold injection (31571) demonstrated marked linear growth over the 12-year study period, from 744 procedures in 2000 to 4788 in 2012 - an increase >640%. The dramatic increased incidence in the use of code 31571 reflects an increasing share of vocal fold injections being performed in the operating room and not in an office setting, running counter to the prevailing trend toward awake, office-based injection procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)812-814
Number of pages3
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Volume153
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

Keywords

  • laryngology
  • procedure coding
  • vocal fold injections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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