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    Default punch bx versus excision

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    If a procedure note read:
    excised lesion using 5mm punch bx tool

    Would you code this an excision or bx??

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    north seattle wa


    It would be an excision. The punch was the method they used for the excision.


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    Default biopsy

    Biopsy." Bill for this when only part of the lesion is removed to obtain tissue for pathology. If the entire lesion is removed, use excision codes instead"

    Hope this help!!!

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