I would not consider "pare wart (done)" as adequate documentation for a procedure performed.
Once I had an actual procedure note ... it definitely does NOT sound like 17110. Sounds more like 11055.
But, again, there is not adequate documentation of the procedure in my opinion.
Additional info received at AAPC local chapter meeting presentation by Podiatrist
Someone else actually asked this question at our local chapter meeting last night, where our presentor was a podiatrist. Her response was that 17110 would ONLY be used if the documentation clearly stated the wart was destroyed. 11055 is the correct code for paring of the tissues; frequently this is done to remove tissue that has built-up in reaction to the viral infection and only after paring this tissue down can the wart itself be clearly identified/diagnosed.
She agreed that "pare wart (done)" does not seem to be adequate documentation of the procedure.
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