Results 1 to 5 of 5

need help with excision of lesion

  1. #1
    Default need help with excision of lesion
    Medical Coding Books
    Excision of lesions confuse me.

    Need other coder's opinions. Looking at 11442.

    procedure: benign right ear skin and soft tissue lesion excision 1 x 05. cm


  2. #2
    Milwaukee WI
    Default Code off the largest dimension
    For excision of lesion, you use the largest dimension.

    Ideally the physician will tell you whether this inlcudes margins, or will stipulate the margin. In the absence of any other information regarding margins, you just use the largest diameter.

    In your case the lesion measures 1 cm, so the code would be 11441.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #3
    Default Modifier 59 with 11100/17000
    I am coding 11100 and 17000. Does the biopsy get the modifier 59?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by SE010; 02-23-2011 at 06:07 AM.

  4. Default
    Agree with 11441

    Nalini CPC

  5. Default
    Quote Originally Posted by sofiaegan View Post
    I am coding 11100 and 17000. Does the biopsy get the modifier 59?

    Thank you.
    Are these done on two different lesions? If so, then yes, the biopsy gets the mod 59. However, I would like to point out just incase you do not know, 17000 is for pre-malignant lesions only, e.g. actinic keratosis. Just wanted to point that out as I have seen a lot on this forum that do not understand this Hope this helps.

Similar Threads

  1. lesion excision
    By bwerner in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-25-2012, 09:23 AM
  2. lesion excision
    By koatsj in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-24-2012, 08:25 AM
  3. lesion excision, lesion not found
    By FLSJarrel in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-15-2011, 10:23 AM
  4. excision of lesion
    By in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-23-2011, 09:25 AM
  5. lesion excision help
    By BFAITHFUL in forum Dermatology
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-03-2009, 10:24 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.