Extruded Tympanostomy Tubes

dyoungberg

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Can someone tell me if and/or when extruded Tympanostomy tubes are considered a foreign body? Our Dr removed extruded tubes from the external ear canal and wants me to code it as a foreign body removal and not a tube removal. Everything I've read indicates it should be coded as 69424 (it was done in ASC) and not 69200.

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Debbie Youngberg
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LBlaine

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Tube removal

I believe you are correct. If it is a tube the Dr. is removing and the patient is under general anesthesia then you should use code 69424.
 
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