Splinter removed from thumb

BenCrocker

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I'm new at this but...

What procedure code and diagnosis code would you use to remove a foreign body from a patient's thumb.
CPT Code: 10120 (I looked it back up to verify. I went too extreme and went to musculature surgery)
ICD-9 Code: 919.6
ICD-10 Code: S60.351 for right thumb, S60.352 for left thumb, S60.359 for unspecified thumb.
 
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jromeyn

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You would only use a procedure code if the physician had to use a needle to remove the splinter. In that case you would use 10120. If no needle was used it is included in the EM.
 

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I think an actual incision/cut has to be made to use 10120. I would think poking a splinter out with a needle would not be considered an incision?
 
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