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  1. #1
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    Default disagree on codes

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    Hello, doc wants to code ,and i say its cpt code 21552 alone

    procedure was - excision of soft tissue mass, right lateral chest wall measuring 12.7x6.8cm with an interediate layered closure repair of 12.cm. Path report came back as a lipoma

    Now I understand why he wants to code it as an exscision, plus repair , but it soft tissue, which qualify for 20000 series codes
    who is right ?,who is wrong?' thanks

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    I agree with you. Also if you look at page 88 in AMA CPT 2011 "Excision of subcutaneous soft tissue tumors. it includes simple or intermediate repair)....

    Pam Howell, CPC

  3. #3
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    Charleston, WV


    Agreed. The excision includes the repair.

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    Also, AAOS GSD guidelines include intermediate repair.
    Last edited by coderguy1939; 11-10-2010 at 08:38 AM.

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