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Pediatric Coding Alert

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Know the Rules for 69210

Question: A patient presented to our practice with ear pain, but the pediatrician had to remove impacted cerumen before he could visualize the tympanic membrane. He ended up diagnosing an ear infection. Can we report an office visit and 69210 or should we just stick with the E/M code since the patient didn’t present specifically for an ear wax issue?

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