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"Coding Edge" April 2010 Test Yourself

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    Question 3: During stereotactic radiosurgery, the neurosurgeon treats one Simple and one Complex Cranial Lesion. Proper coding?
    The correct answer is D. 61798,+61799-one complex lesion and 1 additional Complex lesion. Can anybody explain WHY not C.61798,+61797? -1 complex and 1 additional simple lesion. Something wrong with the explanation, rationale. See p. 13 in April Coding Edge or their rationale. The question doesn't ask about gliomas, just about 2 cranial lesions.

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    I would also be interested in the explanation. I dont have my book in front of me but.............

    96/97 is initial simple with an additional simple

    98/99 is initial complex with an addiitonal complex

    97 and 99 are add on's to the primary procedures (96 and 98) so they cant be coded first

    So if I was coding a simple with a complex, I would code 98 with a 97. So I would have missed this also. Can someone explain the coding to support the answer of 61798 with 61799? Or is this an error in the article/quiz?


    61796 Stereotactic radiosurgery (particle beam, gamma ray, or linear accelerator); 1 simple cranial lesion

    61797 Stereotactic radiosurgery (particle beam, gamma ray, or linear accelerator); each additional cranial lesion, simple (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

    61798 Stereotactic radiosurgery (particle beam, gamma ray, or linear accelerator); 1 complex cranial lesion

    61799 Stereotactic radiosurgery (particle beam, gamma ray, or linear accelerator); each additional cranial lesion, complex (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

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    The correct answer is D. 61798,+61799-one complex lesion and 1 additional Complex lesion. Can anybody explain WHY not C.61798,+61797? -1 complex and 1 additional simple lesion.

    If I'm reading your post correctly, you state, one complex lesion and one additional complex lesion. Reason why the answer would be 61798 and 61799. 61797 is one additional simple lesion. Not complex.

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    the original question was ...........the neurosurgeon treats one Simple and one Complex Cranial Lesion

    the correct answer for the test was............D. 61798,+61799-one complex lesion and 1 additional Complex lesion

    Answer required for the test doesn't match the question

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    Quote Originally Posted by larisas View Post
    Question 3: During stereotactic radiosurgery, the neurosurgeon treats one Simple and one Complex Cranial Lesion. Proper coding?
    The correct answer is D. 61798,+61799-one complex lesion and 1 additional Complex lesion. Can anybody explain WHY not C.61798,+61797? -1 complex and 1 additional simple lesion. Something wrong with the explanation, rationale. See p. 13 in April Coding Edge or their rationale. The question doesn't ask about gliomas, just about 2 cranial lesions.
    answer is - c 61798+61797

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