In the 2010 Step-By-Step Medical Coding by Carol J Buck on page 416 it states "If the patient had six lesions removed, the first one would be reported with 17000 and lesions two through six are reported with 17003x5. In the AAPC coding course we had to list it as 17003x5 on the tests and workbooks.

I also went to a seminar where we were told to use units for drugs or time codes only. She used 90472 as an example.

So which is right? I had a problem with BCBS of Texas paying 90472 when listed separately, filed appeals and was told by a rep from BCBS to list 90472 and how many units, this way the code would not be denied as a duplicate.

Very confusing.