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    Default Lesion removal

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    I need to know how to code this patient was here for to lesion removals

    1- was in the chest breast area path came back benign.. Measurement with margins was 1.5

    2- was in the abdominal area path came back benign measurements with margins was 2.0
    i beleive that the cpt code for 1 is 11402 and cpt code for 2 is 11402

    is would i bill 11402 x2 or 11402, 11402-51 the dx code for both is 216.5..... How do i bill this please help....
    Last edited by BRENDA28; 04-21-2010 at 01:25 PM.
    Brenda Amaro, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Each lesion coded separately

    Each lesion is coded separately. If layered or complex closure was required to close the excisional wound, you may also code that separately.

    List your first lesion code.
    List your second lesion code with -59 modifier
    List your code for closure with -59 modifier (Here you add the total lenth of similar wounds together ... so if both lesions required layered closure and # 1 was 2 cm long and # 2 was 3 cm long you'd have a total lenght of 5 cm)

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    I am going with Tessa on this 100%.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thank You both very much this really helped... Tessa, Debra..
    Brenda Amaro, CPC

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