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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007

    Red face queston re skin graft prep

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    My doctor performed a
    1. Wound surgical preparation of right heel donor site, 12cm squared
    2. Split thickness skin graft from right thigh to right heel, 12 cm squared.
    3. Placement of vacuum-assisted closure device.

    I have the codes 15100 for the split thickness skin graft and 97605 for the vacuum assisted closure devise.

    I am confused on the prep code the CPT book refers to 15002, however in taking my on line coding course I had written a note above the Surgical Preparation Codes that reads "Code excision of lesion and graft- not prep code". Of course I didn't give myself any explanation and now am stumped on which code to use?

    Can anyone help me with this coding issue?

    Thanks, Kati Telliard, CPC

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007
    Quincy, MA


    My understanding is that you can bill 15002 with a split graft but not with an Allograft (15340).
    Leanne, CPC
    General/Vascular Surgery

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