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    Is there a correct cpt for coding a removal of tick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paynecoder1 View Post
    Is there a correct cpt for coding a removal of tick?
    What was the method? Tweezers, incision, etc?

    If there wasn't an incision, the removal is inherent to the E/M code.

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    what diagnosis code would you use for a tick that was still in the wound?
    Mary Beth Gord, CPC

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    I would have used the codes from wound section depending on area and choose the complicated code. But I have used the superficial injury codes for just the bite. Hope this helps.

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    I think you want to try for Injury --> Superficial by site --> (Plus the 4th digit as 4 or 5). & E code will be E906.4.

    Hope this helps!


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    Red face Billing Mgn

    I wouldn't use an E code as a primary Dx I use 919.4 for a tick bite. Usually E codes are for statistics only and can be used in addition to a code. E/M for the removal of tick if using only a tweezers and 10120 if incision is made.
    Last edited by GinnyMCCD; 04-22-2015 at 07:59 AM.

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