Question

Can palliative treatment (D9110) be billed on the same date as a limited oral evaluation (D0140)?

Although some carriers do not provide a benefit, palliative treatment can be reported on the same date as a limited evaluation. D0140 represents the evaluation and diagnosis, and D9110 represents the treatment performed to relieve the patient of dental pain. If no treatment was actually performed, then D9110 should not be billed. For example, D9110 should not be billed if only a prescription is given because writing a prescription does not qualify as “treatment.” There is no separate code for writing prescriptions.

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