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    Question cpt wart removals

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    I have a physican assistant that says she removed a wart from a finger with cryo which i would use 17110 but then she states that she removed three other areas on fingers with excision and cautery what cpt would you use for these?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Kansas City, MO


    You can't code both methods, so pick the primary one. Often the "pare" down the lesion before freezing it...So I'd use the 17110 in those cases.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    the 17119 is a destruction code and can be by any method, cry is only one form of destruction, excsion is a destruction as is cautery.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Mitchellde, that is absolutely right logic. But that number code 17119 is not there @ 2009; it stops short after 17111 till 17250 appears on CPT2009.
    By the way how many codes are there in between please?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    I know sorry looks like the typo monster got me I meant 17110!

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    It is ok; it can happen to anyone especially on the fast track!Thank you.

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    Thank you all for your help.

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