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    Question Foreign Body Removal

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    If a patient comes in with a superficial foreign body in the cornea or conjunctiva what has to happen for 65220 or 65205 to be charged? If a q-tip is used to remove the foreign body can we charge one of these or does a needle have to be used in order to charge?

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    Apr 2007
    Richmond Virginia


    Did you ever get an answer to this, I would love to know too.

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    In the Coders' Desk Reference, part of the description for both 65205,65220 states "an incision may be required to remove an embedded foreign body". I take it as may or may not. Would like to hear other opinions.


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    Apr 2007
    Las Vegas, NV


    Yes,....cldavenport is correct. It MAY be used. A q tip is fine.
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