Postop Mastoid Debridement

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February 20, 2014

Question:  

My doctor did a mastoidectomy on a patient. Can we bill for the mastoid debridement using 69220 when the patient comes back to the office for a postop debridement?

Answer:

The mastoidectomy codes (e.g., 69641-69646) have a 90-day postoperative global period and include all postoperative care related to the mastoidectomy procedure. Therefore, the postop office debridement is not separately reported.