Excision Facial Scar

bmanus

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Good Morning Forum,
If we are performing an excision of a scar on the cheek would we use 11440-11446?

Thank you again for your help.

Beth
 
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Depends

This will depend on what is actually done.

11440-11446 may certainly be used (along with intermediate repair if that was performed).

On the other hand .... if closure required a flap (adjacent tissue transfer), then you only code THAT (because the excision is included in those codes).

If the repair of the surgically created defect is documented as a complex repair, then you code ONLY that code.

So, without the actual documentation I cannot tell which is the correct code.

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 
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