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    when coding for a laceration repair on the forehead, how do you distinguish if you code for the scalp or the face? thanks

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    It depends on whether you're talking ICD or CPT.

    ICD makes a definite distinction between the two Dx codes (873.4X forehead and 873.X for scalp). CPT Repair codes also make a distinction.

    According to Miller-Keane, the scalp is, "that part of the skin of the head (exclusive of the face) which is usually covered by a growth of hair." (Miller-Keane Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Med., Nursing & Allied Health, 7th Ed, pg 1587).

    With that being said, the aforementioned hairline makes the distinction.

    Hope this helps and good luck.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

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    thank you. It sounded like a pud question but it always stumped me.

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