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    Question destruction of malignant lessions

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    If you are billing for the destruction of more than one malignant lesion would you bill the same code twice with a 59 mod. Or would you bill units? For example CPT 17272.

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    Depends on the carrier. Our local bcbs likes units, but medicare and medicaid like them listed on each line with a modifier.

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    Most carriers prefer the malignant destructions to be billed on serperate lines. Check the CCI edits to see if a 59 required. (if it's the same exact code then 59 would go on the second + code) but if it's different codes, they aren't always needed.

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    I've always billed them with modifier 59 (separate lesion). They may also be two lesions in the same body area but of different sizes. You would want to capture that somehow.


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