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    Default Destruction of AK and SK's

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    When a patient comes in and has ak and sk's removed by electrosurgery what codes are more appropriate? 17000-17003 or 17110?


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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Albany, New York


    If you are referring to Actinic (or Solar) Keratosis which are premalignant conditions, I would go with 17000, 17003 or 17004.
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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    Apr 2007
    Greeley, Colorado


    I agree with Karen.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    Default ak/sk

    Yes, that's what I was referring to. Thank you!

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Alexandria Minnesota Chapter


    I agree with 17000 for Actinic Keratosis (AK). If SK were referring to Seborrheic Keratosis (702.19) I would use 17110 (benign) for destruction.

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