tci Part B Insider - 2008 Issue 10

READER QUESTION: Are Nail Trims Billable?

Question: I saw in your last issue that a podiatrist was sent to prison for billing routine foot care when he only performed nail trims. In our case, we do perform nail trims sometimes, and I want to make sure I-m billing them properly. For instance, yesterday I saw an established patient complaining of pain in toes on both feet. He presented with a swollen, red left pinky toe and a swollen right big toe. I performed a level-two E/M and diagnosed two ingrown toenails. I then performed partial nail excision on both toes. Can I report a code...

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