tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2004 Issue 11

2 Cases Demonstrate the Ins and Outs of Foreign-Body Removal

If you think FBR codes are all about anatomic site, you're bound to miss the reimbursement mark - wound depth can be crucial to choosing the correct code.Coding for foreign-body removal (FBR) can vary greatly depending on the type of foreign body, its anatomic location, and the depth from which the physician must remove it. Compare your toughest FBR claim to these scenarios to find the right coding solution. Example #1: No Incision Means No Separate FBR The situation: While operating a metal lathe, the patient embeds several small metal filings in his shoulder. In the emergency department...

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