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Ask a Rev Cycle Expert: Coding for Foreign Body Removal Without Incision?


Our physician removed the back of an earring from a pediatric patient, where the earring was imbedded in the back of the ear. After irrigating the ear, a scab was removed, then the earring back was able to be unscrewed from the earring and removed. What code would be reported?


Because the skin was not incised, the service would be reported with an evaluation and management (E/M) level.

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