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    I have searched text books far and wide and have not found any clarification of "each additional" for code
    11201. Does anyone know where this information is found?

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    Hi,

    I've seen that the "each additional" indicated for the cpt code 11201 is for "each additional ten lesions". Is that what you mean?
    Sylvia Thompson, CPC
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    San Diego, CA

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    That is what I mean. The text book I am using is coding 37 skin tag removals as 11200, 11201 x 3 coding the left over 2 tags. The other textbooks ignore the codes all together.

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    My 2007 Professional edition also says "each additional ten". Coder's Desk Reference says to report each ten (as a unit) beyond the initial 15 excised.

    The going conclusion--I think--is to report 11201 per ten.

    Hope this is what you meant.

    Good luck.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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    Thank you for your help. I will have to contact the publishing companies or the author to correct the textbook. I run into this problem quite often and even if I know the answer, I have to tell my students that I will get clarification for them. Thank again.
    Teri

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    My back ground is general surgery and I've just started working with 2 dermatologist so I need a little help here. on code 11200 do you code 18 tags as 11200x15 units and 11201x3 units or do you code it out 11200,11201?
    Our office has been billing 11200 x 15 and 11201x3 and reading the cpt I don't think this correct. Could you enlighten me on this please. they treat 17003 the same way.

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    For 17003, CPT does say each. Could someone please clarify if the units need to be coded per lesion (2 lesions, 17003 x 2). The comments above are making me second guess my coding. I also have the coder's dictionary and the verbage is different from CPT. Thank you

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    17003 is for each, so if your provider removes 3 lesions, you would code 17000 +17003 (x2)...that is up to 14 - after that you would only report 17004.

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    We're getting them denied if we put 17003x2. I'm wondering if it should be listed as:
    17000
    17003
    17003

    Any other suggestions?

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    Hope this may provide some clarification.

    The 11200 is for billing up to 15 lesions or tags and the 11201 is for each additional 10. So, if a provider was billing for 30 skin tags to be removed you would bill...
    11200 (for the first 15)
    11201 x 2 (for the next 10 - first unit plus
    additional 5 - second unit)
    ________________________
    total = 30 tags

    For the 17000 series codes - those are billed differently and for each lesion

    17000 is for the first lesion
    17003 is for each additional lesion

    so if a provider was billing for 4 lesions you would bill
    17000
    17003 x3
    Yes you may have to indicate 17003 out three separate times depending on your local payer requirements.
    Hope this is of help.

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