In Billing
Nov 28th, 2012
Your surgeon has excised three skin lesions from the patient’s left shoulder, and now must close the wounds. Should you report both the excisions and repairs? If so, which is primary? CPT® guidelines instruct that all benign (11400-11471) or malignant (11600-11646) skin lesion codes include simple wound closure, but you may separately report intermediate (12031-12057) ...
Sep 4th, 2012
When performing excision of benign (11400-11471) or malignant (11600-11646) skin lesions, physicians must document the location of the lesion, and should measure the lesion and margins prior to excision. The lesion will “shrink” when the incision releases the tension on the skin, which may lead to a lower-level code selection and lost reimbursement. Because CPT® ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Trina Cuppett, CPC, CPC-H and G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Coding skin neoplasm diagnoses and excisions requires careful attention to detail. The key to accurate reporting is knowing the sort of detail to look for and where to find it. The following basic guidelines will set you on the right path. Diagnosis Reporting: Let ...