In Coding
Nov 28th, 2017
Removal of a foreign object from the external auditory canal without general anesthesia is coded 69200 Removal foreign body from external auditory canal; without general anesthesia. This code is unilateral; therefore, if the patient sticks a Cocoa Puff™ in both ears, report 69200 on a single claim detail line and append modifier 50 Bilateral procedure. Note: ...
As curious kids, the sage advice “Don’t put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow” didn’t stop my friends or me from putting many things into our ears (and mouths and noses) that weren’t intended to go there. As a (sensible adult) coder, now when an object ends up in an ear, I need ...