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    Default Procedure coding for epistaxis cauterization

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    Patient came in with a nosebleed. The physician attempted to cauterize with silver nitrate, but was ineffective after multiple attempts. The physician then packed the nose with Merocel 4.5 cm packing after coating it with antibiotic ointment.

    My question is should I code the cauterization (ICD procedure and CPT) or is cauterization part of the E/M code?

    Thanks in advance
    Julianne Sheetz, CPC

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    What about the 30901 series?

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    That's actually what I have it coded as just wasn't sure about it being part of the E/M.
    Julianne Sheetz, CPC

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