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    If a patient comes into the office with sand in the eye and the doctor irrigates the eye, would this be considered the part of the E/M or can it be coded using 65205?

    Thanks for your help

    Denise Smith CPC - A

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Just E/M - I think

    This is NOT my area of expertise, but ...

    Here's the lay description of 65025:

    The physician picks the foreign body or mineral deposit from the conjunctiva with the side of the beveled edge of a needle (e.g., 65205). A small incision may be required to remove an embedded foreign body (e.g., 65210). In this case, the physician may cut a V-shaped incision to access the defect through a flap, or a straight incision may be made. The incision may penetrate the conjunctiva, but it does not penetrate the sclera. Generally, a slit lamp is used when removing any embedded foreign body. After the removal, the physician may apply a broad spectrum antibiotic and a moderate pressure patch over the closed lid for 24-48 hours.

    So I think, based on what you've posted, you'll just have an E/M.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

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    Thank You

    Denise CPC-A

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