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    Question Biopsies of Tongue

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    Could someone answer this question pertaining to biopsies of the tongue? MD did 2 biopsies of tongue in close proximity. Apparently the CPT code of 41100 is used. The code describes as: Biopsy (singular) of tongue;anterior two-thirds. Can two biopsies be billed in this area using a 59 modifier? Thanks for your help.

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    Were both lesions removed with one excision, or two separate excisions?
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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    Default Biopsies of Tongue

    Hi. Thanks for the response. I asked this AM and the biopsies were only done, no excisions of the area.

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    Default Tongue Biopsy

    Yes, you can bill for two tongue biopsies and yes, use modifier 59.


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    Thanks. Have a great Thanksgiving Day to all.

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