Center for Womens Health
Camp Hill, Pa.
Answer: For the initial attempt, use 11976-53 (removal, implantable contraceptive capsules [discontinued procedure]). Submit this claim with documentation as to the failed attempt, including sending the patient for an x-ray and requesting the original records. Then for the second attempt, code 11976-76 (removal, implantable contraceptive capsule [repeat procedure by same physician]).
Source for reader questions: Susan Callaway-Stradley, CPC, CCS-P, an independent coding consultant and educator based in North Augusta, S.C.