July 26, 2018
If one of our physicians uses a needle to puncture an abscess, but allows it to drain on its own and does not incise or aspirate anything into the syringe, can we bill 10060 for an incision and drainage of an abscess? If not, could we use 10160 for puncture aspiration instead?
No to both questions. CPT code 10060 includes incision and drainage, and you stated no incision was made. CPT code 10160 includes puncture and aspiration, and you stated no aspiration was made. The puncture as indicated in your scenario above would be part of the E/M service performed for the patient at that encounter.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/26/18.