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: ...
CPT® tells us when not to separately report the use of an operating microscope. We’ll tell you when you should. By Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Many otolaryngologists use an operating microscope when performing ear procedures in the operating room. Coders often wonder if it is acceptable to report CPT® +69990 Microsurgical techniques, requiring ...
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 ...
In Coding
Oct 10th, 2012
The ear has three main parts: external, middle, and inner. These three parts work together so you can hear and process sounds. The outer ear is called the pinna (or auricle) and is made up of ridged cartilage covered by skin. After sound waves enter the outer ear, they travel through the ear canal and ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Fight for your right to be paid for properly documented claims. By G.J. Verhovshek When commenting on Abraham Morse’s, MD, MBA, article “Same-day E/M and Office Procedure: Yes, You Can!” (March 2012 Coding Edge, pages 16-17), several readers shared that insurers (including Medicare contractors) routinely deny evaluation and management (E/M) claims when reported with other ...