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I & D and Splinter Removal

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    A patient presented to the office with an infected splinter. The provider performed an I & D of the area draining the infection, then in deeper tissue of the same area, a splinter was located and removed.

    Would the splinter removal be considered inclusive of the I & D or would we code separately for the removal with modifier 59? Modifier 51 needed?
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
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    Hi, Dawson. Codes 10120 and 10121 include both the I & D and removal of a foreign body, so I would use one of those based on simple or complicated.

    Have a good day!
    Lucinda (Cindy) McGarry, CPC-P
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    Avera Health Plans
    Education Office Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter
    Past President Sioux Falls SD Local Chapter

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    Thanks so much!
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow
    Coder

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