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Proper use of T18.128A

Anna-Marie Posted Fri 04th of December, 2015 19:54:56 PM

Hi, what is the correct code to use when food is present in the esophagus during an EGD and has to be removed? There was no accident/injury/acute event, just an incidental finding. It seems like T18.128A would not be appropriate in the circumstances, but I can't find an alternative code for this situation.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 07th of December, 2015 07:37:02 AM

Thanks for your query,

There is no ICD-10 code for this type of condition. As per my understanding, this is a normal condition and we will not use any code this condition.

If the surgeon has to be worked more during the EGD, then you can use modifier -22 for increased procedural service.
Make sure to attach operative report with the claim form to justify the procedure and to eliminate the risk of reduction in dollar value.

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