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Follow Your Physician Note to Code Cerumen Removal

Question: How to we bill an impacted cerumen removal with general check-up at our outpatient clinic? Should we append a modifier? Texas Subscriber Answer: Follow the physician’s note as your guide. If the physician is only doing an ear wash, you cannot bill 69210 (Removal impacted cerumen requiring instrumentation, unilateral). Ear wash neither needs specialized skill nor use of specialized instruments like [...]