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Foreign body

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.

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