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foreign body removal - E/M or billable


True Blue
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Patient presents to ED with O ring in ear. Physician note reads: exploration of the wound evealed one O ring in the ear which was removed.

Is this included in the E/M or billable?

Thanks for any help.


Brooklyn, New York
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Ear Lobe

I assumed an O ring was some kind of decorative ring that goes in the ear lobe. So unless the provider incised to get it out, no removal code. Don't think it goes in the ear. But a fashion maven I'm not!