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    Question Xenograft - help?? (thanks)

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    Can anyone help with xenograft application to the both legs (15400) if you are using 100 sq cm to the right leg and 100 sq cm to the left leg? i.e. Would anyone use:
    15400 RT
    15400 -59 -LT

    15400 (50)
    it seems like the least descriptive and not ideal to use 50/bilateral --would you interpret this as 100 cm total for both extremities?

    another possibility
    15400 RT
    15400 -59 -51 -LT

    or even
    15400 RT
    15401 -59 -LT (Can anyone suggest??? Thank you!)

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    Apr 2007

    Default Xenograft

    If the physician applied Xenograft totalling 200 sq cm to both legs then you would billed it as follow:
    15400 - Xenograft, skin (dermal) for temporary would closure, trunk, arms, legs: first 100
    sq cm or less
    15401 - each additionlal 100 sq cm

    Bill without modifier 51 and 59.


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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    Shante is correct, you do not use RT, LT or 50 modifiers for skin, skin graft or skin debridement codes since skin is one organ that has no inherent laterality.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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