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Dental Block

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    If pt. presents to the ER with a toothache and the ED physician performs a dental block, what CPT code would you use? 20600?

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    i don't think 20600 would be appropriate,, i have this same billing question, i do the billing for the physician's so i can't bill for the medicine, the only code i found that came close to what they were doing was a dental code but when i submitted it they denied for the type of provider

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    I dont know if this will work for you or not, but from an ASC standpoint, we can not use the "D" codes and have to use 41899 for all of our dental procedures, regardless of what it is. Perhaps you can use this too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbort View Post
    I dont know if this will work for you or not, but from an ASC standpoint, we can not use the "D" codes and have to use 41899 for all of our dental procedures, regardless of what it is. Perhaps you can use this too?

    what about the fee ?? i know most insurance's won't pay without medical records and you set your own fee..

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    I was told to use CPT 64400 or 64402, maybe you can try this one traciecpc...

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    yeah i will have to try that

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    does anyone know what this means ???

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    Are any of these appropriate ??

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    Default Explanations of mentioned D codes
    Per Ingenix Coding Guide to Dental Services:

    D9110 Palliative (emergency) treatment of dental pain - minor procedure

    Explanation: The patient is given palliative treatment on an emergency basis for dental pain. This code is reported on a per visit basis.
    Emergent care = treatment for a medical condition or symptom (including severe pain) that arises suddenly and requires immediate care and treatment.
    Palliative treatment = treatment of symptoms without treating the underlying cause or to maintain current health status.

    D9211 Regional block anesthesia
    Explanation: Report D9211 if the dentist administers a regional anesthetic block through a similar injection process (as local anesthesia) for pain control. Regional nerve blocks are given close to a main nerve trunk at a distance from the operative/treatment site. Examples of regional nerve blocks are nasopalatine injections, posterior superior alveolar, infraorbital, and inferior alveolar injections.
    Nerve block = a type of regional anesthesia/analgesia administered by injection that prevents sensory nerve impulses from reaching the central nervous system.

    D9210 Local anesthesia not in conjunction with operative or surgical procedures
    Explanation: Local anesthetics are given into small nerve endings in the same area in which the incision or dental treatment is made. Topical antiseptic and/or topical anesthetic may be applied to the area first. With a sterilized needle and the patient in position, the dentist inserts the needle into mucosa, injects several drops of local anesthetic solution, and begins slowly advancing toward the target.
    Local anesthesia = an induced feeling or sensation restricted to a certain area of the body, including topical, local tissue infiltration, field block, or nerve block methods.

    Associated CPT codes
    01995 Regional intravenous administration of local anesthetic agent or other medication (upper or lower extremity)
    90784 Therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic injection (specify material injected); intravenous

    HCPCS Codes
    J0670 Injection, mepivacaine HCl, per 10 ml
    J2400 Injection, chloroprocaine HCl, per 30 ml
    S0020 Injection, bupivacaine HCl, 30 ml

    Hope this helps! Without knowing what is in the documentation, it would be difficult to guess which code is correct.

    Good luck!
    Jennifer, CPC

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    it sound to me like D9110 Palliative (emergency) treatment of dental pain - minor procedure would be the appropriate one, thats the one i tried billing but got denied for type of provider. my physician doesn't give much information on the progress note, just that they injected the patient with either lido or something similiar to that, for a dental block. Just till the patient can see a dentist. They don't actually remove the tooth or treat the problem, they just give a dental block

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