In Coding
Oct 15th, 2015
CPT® provides different code sets to report excision of benign (11400-11471) and malignant (11600-11646) skin lesions/neoplasms. The codes within each set are differentiated broadly by site (for example, trunk and arms or legs vs. scalp, neck, hands, feet, and genitalia). Of prime importance are accurate lesion and margin measurements to allow for complete and appropriate ...
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In Billing
Oct 30th, 2013
Question: A patient had a biopsy done at another facility by a different provider. The biopsy showed squamous cell carcinoma, and our dermatologist performed a further excision to obtain clear margins at that site. The path report for this follow-up excision came back as actinic keratosis. Would the proper CPT® coding be 11603 (based on ...
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 ...