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    It has been a long time since I had this come up and I am having one of those moments...One of my doc's removed a splinter from under the fingernail by numbing and then reaching in with a hemostat and pulling it out. Since no incision was made am I correct to use an E&M code rather than removal of foreign body code? Thanks in advance.

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    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


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    Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
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    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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    Thank you!

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