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Coding E/M with Earwax Removal

Question: I have been looking at the earwax removal code 69209 (Removal impacted cerumen using irrigation/lavage, unilateral), and I noticed that the code includes irrigation and lavage. Since lavage used to be bundled into evaluation and management (E/M) codes, can we ever report 69209 along with a separate E/M code? California Subscriber Answer: It depends on the insurer’s policy, as well as [...]