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    Default 69210 Removal Impacted Cerumen (partial)

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    What would be the correct coding for the following?

    Scenario: Patient presents for removal of impacted cerumen. Impaction is confirmed on exam. Wax removal was attempted but unable to be fully completed to to patients discomfort.

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    Default Cerumen removal

    I would bill the procedure with a modifier -52 as long as you have documentation that the physician did attempt removal

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    Thank you that makes sense.

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    I would use modifier -53 if the intent was to complete the 69210 (the provider did not plan to perform a reduced procedure) and the procedure was discontinued due to threatening the well-being of the patient (pain).

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