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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Documentation Will Reveal Whether E/M Is OK

Question: Our ophthalmologist removed a foreign body from a patient’s eye. Can we also report an E/M service in addition to the foreign body removal code (such as 65205 (Removal of foreign body, external eye; conjunctival superficial). New Mexico Subscriber Answer: Version 22.1 of the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) does bundle the E/M codes (such as 99212-99215) into 65205, but you can [...]