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: ...
In Coding
Feb 24th, 2015
Question: For exploration of a chest wound with foreign body removal, should I report anything in addition to 20101 Exploration of penetrating wound (separate procedure); chest. Answer: Assuming the procedure was exploration of a wound caused by penetrating trauma (e.g., gunshot, stab wounds, etc.), you would report only they exploration code, 20101. CPT Assistant (June ...
In Coding
Jan 2nd, 2014
If a patient presents with multiple injuries, you should code for each one separately. The exception occurs if the patient has multiple injuries to the same anatomic site. In that case, you should report only the most severe injury. For example, a patient presents with a fracture and abrasion on the right elbow. You should ...
Aug 1st, 2012
By Nancy Clark, CPC, CPC-I Modifiers are crucial in telling the story of the claim by identifying procedures that have been altered in some way without changing the core meaning of the code(s) submitted. Let’s look at the modifiers that can be appended to evaluation and management (E/M) codes used within the global period. The ...
Mar 1st, 2009
From A-scans to YAG. By Kim Ross, CPC, OCS, and Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS Remember the pirate’s often-lost wooden eye in “Pirates of the Caribbean?” Or Tom Cruises’ eye transplant in “Minority Report?” Movies showing eye injuries intrigue us. Although it is a challenge to code these incidents, an even greater challenge is correctly coding ...