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New to dermat coding

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    I'm coding Dermat Clinic while someone is out on leave. I am still training but don't understand some of what she is telling me.

    Dr. writes Keratosis with LN2 x 2

    I was told to use 17110 x 2 but doesn't 17110 state up to 14 lesions 17111 for additional ??? So wouldn't you just use 17110, without times two ?

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    Your physicians' documentation should support how many were removed.
    Ex. Treated 5 SK's with cryotherapy, there for all you need to use is the 17110 (because it states up 1-14 lesions) If the dictation states more than 15 were treated use 17111 w/out the 17110. The provider has to document how many were removed....

    I also work for a dermatology practice, I hope this helps!

    dscoder74

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    2 on the nose, but the physician put two cycles, therefore she codes 17110 x 2

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