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Laser facial skin resurfacing

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    Hi, I'm new to my department and one of my providers asked my opinion on laser facial skin resurfacing, which I think is dermabrasion 15780 with possibly the HCPC code S8948. Does anyone have a more appropriate code for this procedure? Thanks

  2. Red face
    Hi there. I was recently trying to code just a 'laser skin resurfacing' and could only come up with the unlisted 17999 code. According to the lay descriptions of the 15780-15783 - the dermabrasions - the surgeon has to use a 'powered rotary instrument' (not a laser.) SO you could use one of those if coding for a dermabrasion but you'd have to use the 17999 for the laser skin resurfacing. And include the op notes for the unlisted. And from what I can see, commercial payers may not pay for the laser skin resurfacing - it depends on the diagnosis.
    If anyone else out there knows of a different code to use for stand alone 'laser skin resurfacing', please reply!

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