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Pain Management Coding Alert

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Answer Branch Question Before Choosing Destruction Code

Question: An established patient with trigeminal neuralgia reports to the PM physician complaining of facial pain. After a level-three evaluation and management (E/M) service, the physician performs destruction of the trigeminal nerve. How should I report this encounter? Indiana Subscriber Answer: Your final code choice will depend on which branch of the trigeminal nerve the physician destroyed. Go back and check the [...]

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