Emergency Department Coding & Reimbursement Alert

Foreign body removal: 65205-65222: Eye that FBR claim for removal area

- Published on Mon, Dec 06, 2010
Corneal may also call for slit lamp use.A patient reports to the ED with a foreign body in his eye. The ED physician performs foreign body removal (FBR) and the coder chooses the appropriate CPT code for the services. Simple, right?Not so fast: There are several decisions you must make before deciding what type of eye FBR your physician performed, such as eye area and instrumentation. Then, there are several codes to choose from to pinpoint your FBR claim. Follow this expert advice on coding all ocular FBRs your ED physician is likely to encounter.Get to Know 65205-65222Most ED presentations that end in eye FBRs involve one of the following codes:65205 -- Removal of foreign body, external eye; conjunctival superficial65210 -- ... conjunctival embedded [includes concretions], subconjunctival, or sclera nonperforating65220 -- corneal, without slit lamp65222 -- ... corneal, with slit lamp.Consider this: "In my experience, we often used a q-tip wet with sterile saline [...]

Get 14-Day Fully-Functional Free Trial of Physician Coder

Get access to all your specialty alerts and archived articles along with some comprehensive tools including:
  • Code Search for CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10
  • CCI Edits Checker
  • Part B Fees, MUEs
  • CPT-ICD-9 CrossRef
  • CPT® ↔ ICD-9 ↔ ICD-10 CM Crosswalk
  • LCD/NCD Lookup
  • CMS 1500 Claims Scrubber
  • NDC ↔ CPT/HCPCS CrossReference
First Name: *
Last Name: *
User Name: *
E-mail: *
Phone: *
Choose Speciality*
Please enter the characters shown in box*