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By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Apr 21st, 2019
Comments Off on Excision of Benign or Malignant Skin Lesion
To select an appropriate code for excision of a benign (11400-11471) or malignant (11600-11646) skin lesion, you must determine the lesion’s diameter at its widest point, and add double the width of the narrowest margin (the portion of healthy tissue ...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Apr 21st, 2019
Comments Off on 49905: Open or Closed?
Question: In researching CPT® code 49905 Omental flap, intra-abdominal (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), I found an article in AAPC’s Knowledge Center, dated 10/01/2013, titled “Omental Pedical Flaps,” that states this is an...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Apr 21st, 2019
Comments Off on Pain Management and the Global Period
Pain management during the global period of a procedure, if related to that procedure, is not separately reportable. If a provider other than the operating provider performs follow-up care, you must be careful to avoid “unbundling” of that follow-up c...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Apr 14th, 2019
Comments Off on Kyleena Supply Coding
Question: What is the appropriate HCPCS supply code to report Kyleena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 19.5 mg? Answer: Kyleena™ is an intrauterine device (IUD) that releases a continuous low dose of hormones to prevent pregnancy ...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Apr 14th, 2019
Comments Off on 38531: Inguinofemoral Node Biopsy or Excision
CPT® 2019 introduced 38531 Biopsy or excision of lymph node(s); open, inguinofemoral node(s) to report open biopsy or excision of inguinofemoral lymph node(s), which are located near the groin. During this procedure, the provider incises the skin over...