Question for the group -
We recently had a patient encounter where a young child was found with 2 small button batteries in his mouth, a third one missing. He was completely assymptomatic. The child was examined and had x-rays and luckily no battery was seen. My problem is the doc coded the patient as a well-child exam, a V-code, and the insurance company wont pay and now the family is stuck with a $1000 bill.
My question is, how would you have coded this? I found Foreign body entering through orifice - mouth (935.0), but didn't know of any other loop holes. Parental anxiety, another V-code also doesnt help me out.
Chris Kelly MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
New York Methodist Hospital
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