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  1. Question Coding soft tissue mass
    Medical Coding Books
    Can someone please let me know how you would code a soft tissue mass of any site? We are in disagreement here about which code to use.

    Thank you so much

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    Louisville, KY
    According to the CPC-H Exam Study Guide, those are coded as excisions by site; what this means is that a patient has a lipoma excised from his/her shoulder, the code would be 23075-6--depending on the depth described in the op report.

    I usually go by location (in the op); if it's on a tendon sheath, it should be coded to that site, tendon sheath (if code is available).

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    Thank you for the reply, it is very helpful. My question is also the diagnosis code. My coworker wants to code them as a benign neoplasm, but the encoder and ICD-9 book guides me to disorder of skin. Any ideas?

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    Louisville, KY
    I don't trust encoders at all . . .

    As for your ICD-9, you'll need the Path report to know the appropriate code assignment in ICD and probably to help you determine that in CPT.

    Hope this helps.

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    Sometimes use 729.9 or 729.89

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    St. Louis, Missouri
    If you look under mass in the ICD9 book and look under specified organ NEC-it says to see disease of the specified organ or site.

    Melissa Blow, CPC

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    Try 21930 -21935 Excision, Tumor, Soft Tissue,back Or Flank.

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    in pediatric general surgery we see a lot of soft tissue masses and we use 729.9 unless we get a pathology report back with a specific diagnosis.

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    I would definitely get the path report before assigning a dx code. The goal is to be as specific as possible.

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    The secretaries here are always needing codes in order to precert, so no possibility of getting path first for those - hence 729.89 & 729.9
    Connie Martin CPC-GENSG

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