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Ophthalmology Coding Alert

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Excision After Incision

Question: The ophthalmologist incised a patient’s conjunctival cyst (68020). One week later, the patient came back with the same problem, and the ophthalmologist excised the cyst. Can I report the excision with a modifier, or does the fact that it’s a related procedure within the postoperative period of the first procedure forbid it? Wisconsin Subscriber Answer: The fact that the excision — [...]