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    If our PA used Lidocaine with epi can we charge for them with the excision code? The patient has Medicare.. below is what was done for patient X..

    Exams:

    SKIN: 8 mm oval shaped flat light brown lesion in area over left upper trapezius.;;

    Procedures:
    Atypical skin lesion

    Procedure Note:
    Informed consent obtained in writing. She expresses understanding that a scar may remain after the lesion is removed. Sterile technique is observed.
    Benign appearing lesion #1 is a seborrheic keratosis located on left upper trapezius. The method of removal is excision. Anesthesia was obtained with 1 cc of 1% lidocaine with epinephrine. The wound is closed with 3 simple interrupted stitch(es) using 4.0 coated Vicryl. Hemostasis is achieved with application of pressure. The specimen is sent for pathology review.

    Thanks
    Kristie Stokes, CPC-A

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    If the Lidocaine is being given as local anesthesia associated with a procedure, it is not separately reportable since the CPT surgical package includes "local infiltration, metacarpal/metatarsal/digital block or topical anesthesia. J2001 is for IV use, only.

    http://www.aafp.org/fpm/20030900/18span.html

    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 04-22-2008 at 03:42 PM. Reason: .

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    Thank you

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