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Question about code +17003

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    Medical Coding Books
    Code states; second through 14 lesions, each
    List separately in addition to code for first lesion.

    In the begining of my course I was told that this code was only reported once for the next 2-14 lesions. Then when it was a practice test question I was told different. I wrote a note in my CPT book....but I want to make sure I am right,

    thanks
    Michelle

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    Default 17003
    They are each listed separately, so you could have 17003x13.

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    Ok, thanks. I just wanted to make sure, so I don't mess it u[ if it's on my test Saturday.

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    Just so you don't get tripped up

    17003---Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), premalignant lesions (eg, actinic keratoses); second through 14 lesions, each (List separately in addition to code for first lesion

    17004 --Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), premalignant lesions (eg, actinic keratoses), 15 or more lesions


    So lets say you have..........
    13 lesions, you would code 17000 for the 1st lesion and 17003 for each lesion 2-14. So you would end up with 17000 x1 and 17003 x 12 units

    But for 20 lesions, all that you would code is 17004

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