If a patient comes in for an extraction and the tooth was extracted, but it was very close to the sinus floor and they had to be sent to an Oral surgeon for alveoplasty. It was explained to the patient that we would attempt the extraction, but this may be a possibility. The patient agreed. The tooth was extracted, but the alveoplasty had to be done by the Oral Surgeon. Can we bill the patient for the extraction?
Yes, the extraction should be billed out by the facility/provider who performed the service.
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