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  1. #1
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    Default removal of ring stuck on finger

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    What code would be appropriate to use when a patient comes into the office with a ring stuck on her finger? The doctor came in and briefly looked at the patient's finger and the nurse then used a cutting tool to cut the ring. The doctor wants to use 10120- incision and removal of foreign body, subcutaneous tissues, simple. There was no incision, so I am arguing that code is not appropriate. Thanks for any suggestions.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007
    Fresno, Ca


    It's included in the E/M. There is no CPT code associated with the procedure. Hope this helps.
    Angie, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    I completely agree with Angie. Unless there is an excision, you can not bill for 10120.

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