Maiu Posted Thu 24th of November, 2011 12:21:02 PM
Can 10120 (removal of foreign body, subcutaneous tissues) be billed when foreign body was not found?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 24th of November, 2011 15:37:45 PM
No, if there is no foreign body 10120 will not be qualified.
Maiu Posted Tue 29th of November, 2011 15:12:53 PM
Can 10120 be billed with modifier 52 in this case or should it be removed?
SuperCoder Answered Tue 29th of November, 2011 17:54:24 PM
Depends on the level of incision.
If the level of digging is still to the level of subcutaneous and yet no foreign body found, then we can code 10120-52. But, if it is a simple superficial incision, and no foreign body found, then you can code a bit higher level of E/M rather.