tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 3

Coding Update: Tackle Trigeminal Neuralgia Coding With 64400

Tip: Stay away from multiple codes. Trigeminal neuralgia (also called tic douloureux) is a disorder of the trigeminal nerve. It causes severe facial pain that can be triggered by a light touch to the face or by movement of the facial muscles during eating or speaking. Trigeminal neuralgia may affect one or multiple divisions and/or branches of the trigeminal nerve.  A trigeminal nerve block may be performed in a patient with trigeminal neuralgia in order to determine whether the patient will benefit from neurolysis. Read on to ensure that you’re coding these important procedures correctly. Here’s...

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