Our physician did a biopsy of a lesion in the ear canal and a frozen section that came back as malignant.
part of the procedure note reads:
A linear incision was made just in the anterior external auditory canal and the
deep tissues were dissected free and several specimens were sent for both frozen section and permanent section.The frozen section came back positive for squameous cell carcinoma.
Would it be appropriate to bill 11640= Excision,malignant lesion including margins,face,ears,eyelids,nose,lips OR 69100= biopsy of external ear. I question this because RVU's are so low on the 69100 and I am not sure if 11640 would be correct as the definition reads "includes margins" ??
Any suggestions or reference material would be appreciated. Thank you
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