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    Default Question regarding 69210 (cerumen removal)

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    Hi All,

    I have a peds doctor who uses a a Q-tip to remove cerumen. Would this be billable using the 69210 code?

    Thank for the help,

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    no, you can't bill this out

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    Default Cerumen removal...

    Basically, it would need to fall into the following descriptor:

    "Under direct visualization, the physician removes impacted cerumen (ear wax) using suction, a cerumen spoon or delicate forceps. If no infection is present, the ear canal may be irrigated."

    I am almost 100% sure that use of a Q-tip will not qualify for the above.

    Coding - how wonderfully clouded it is...

    Have a good one

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