Punch Biopsy - How do you code punch biopsies?

kathymoon

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How do you code punch biopsies? Example, we have 4 mm lesion that is removed by punch biopsy. How is it coded? I appreciate any help. Thanks
 

mmelcam

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I believe that you just use the 11100 skin biopsy code. In the coder's desk reference book this code reads "the physician removes a biopsy sample of skin, suabcutaneous tissue, and/or mucous membrane for separately reportable histologic study under miscroscope." This doesn't specify how that biopsy is taken, therefor you should be able to use this code for punch biopsy. I hope this helps.
 
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