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What is the CPT code for ear irrigation?

What is the CPT code for ear irrigation?

Irrigation / Lavage: New in 2016 is CPT code 69209 Removal impacted cerumen using irrigation/lavage, unilateral which may be used to report use of lavage or irrigation and represents practice expense only.

Can you code 69209 and 69210 together?

You may not bill CPT code 69209 with CPT code 69210, “removal impacted cerumen requiring instrumentation, unilateral,” for the same ear. However, CPT codes 69209 and 69210 can be billed for the same encounter if impacted cerumen is removed from one ear using instrumentation and from the other ear using lavage.

What does CPT code 69210 mean?

removal impacted cerumen
Code 69210 is defined as “removal impacted cerumen (separate procedure), one or both ears.” Use this same code only once to indicate that the procedure was performed, whether it involved removal of impacted cerumen from one or both ears.

Can you bill for ear irrigation?

Irrigation/Lavage: If impacted earwax is removed by irrigation or lavage only, use CPT 69209. CPT 69210 should NOT be reported for lavage.

Can a nurse perform 69209?

Nurse may perform the service: The clinical example provided by the AMA in CPT Changes: An Insider’s View makes it clear that 69209, which has no physician work relative value units attached to it, can be performed by a nurse.

Does CPT 69210 need a modifier?

The doctor detects impacted cerumen and removes it, billing 69210. Although modifier -25 is not technically required because 69210 is not a starred procedure and not bundled with 99392 ( early childhood [age 1 through 4 years]), you should still use the modifier.

What is the CPT code for ear washing?

Coding options for use of the Ear Wash System vary by payer and by plan. CPT Code 69210 Removal of impacted cerumen requiring instrumentation may be appropriate. MEDICAID Coverage. Use of the Ear Wash System in the physician office may be covered by Medicaid programs when medically necessary.

What is the ear lavage procedure?

(1) Gently grasp the auricle of the patient’s affected ear. (2) Pull the auricle up and backward for an adult. (3) Pull the auricle down and backward for a child.