tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 8

You Be the Coder: Deciding Between FBR Code, E/M

Question: A patient reports to the physician’s office with a jagged piece of wood in his left palm. The physician removes the wood using a pair of tweezers. Is this an evaluation and management (E/M) service or a procedure? Iowa Subscriber Answer: The procedure you describe is a foreign body removal (FBR), but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to choose an FBR procedure code. The answer depends on whether or not the physician made an incision in order to remove the wood from the patient’s palm. Go back and take a look...

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