31 Oct Code Tip: D9110 versus D0140
D9110 is a misunderstood code as many offices code D0140 for emergency visits when treating a patient for pain or discomfort. D0140 is an evaluation code and limited to the “one evaluation per six months” or “two evaluations per year” rule. Consider reporting D9110 for minor procedures to reduce discomfort, sensitivity, or pain at an emergency visit. D9110 is a procedure code and will not use one of the exam limitations. When reporting D9110, include the required narrative. Palliative D9110 should not be used in conjunction with a definitive procedure such as a filling or extraction.
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