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What is the procedure code for fluorescein stain of the eye?

This is included in the evaluation and management (E/M) code and not reported separately.

Where can I find information on professional courtesy?

The American Medical Association Web site has information at

Our pediatrician occasionally applies a finger splint or sling to a patient. Are these items billable? If so, how can they be coded?

You will find many of the supply/drug codes in the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) manual, HCPCS Level II Professional. For this example, use A4570 for a finger splint and A4565 for a sling.

I am a neonatologist. If I have...

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