In CMS
Jul 18th, 2014
Although you may not separately report (or receive reimbursement for) a biopsy following a more extensive procedure, such as an excision, at the same anatomic location and patient encounter, you may report the biopsy separately if it precedes and leads to the more extensive procedure. This rule is explained in Chapter IV of the National ...
Sep 1st, 2011
As always, careful review of the documentation is necessary for correct coding, as well. By Brenda Chidester-Palmer, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CASCC, CCS-P When documented by a physician, the simple statement “removal of lesion” can lead to many different coding choices. To choose the correct code, you will need three precise pieces of information: The type ...
Jan 1st, 2009
By Jennifer Swindle, CPC, CEMC, CFPC, RHIT, CCS-P, CCP-P There are many minor skin procedures performed in the medical office. It’s critical for coders and physicians to communicate effectively so documentation is clear and concise, coding is accurate, and reimbursement is appropriate. Biopsies, excisions of both benign and malignant lesions, destruction of pre-malignant and benign ...
Apr 1st, 2008
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC The surgical treatment of common skin lesions is an important source of revenue for most family practice offices. Because skin treatment coding is complex, it’s important for a coder to understand the different procedures and the common skin lesions their providers treat. Familiarize yourself with the following skin ...