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    Johnson City

    Question lipo hips, flanks and back with panniculectomy

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    New to plastic and reconstruction. Can you code and bill separate areas for the liposuction other than the abdominal area? I know these areas are considered the trunk but can they be coded with 59?

    I found that the lipo is cosmetic and would bill patient should any lipsuction be wanted by the patient. However, should the lipo codes be sent for pre-d and/or auth?
    Last edited by dchagy; 04-08-2011 at 05:47 PM. Reason: additonal question

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    No don't Pre D the lipo if its strickly cosmetic.

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    Apr 2007
    Fort Myers


    Lipo is code-able for each extremity. It's not billable to the insurance carrier because it is a cosmetic procedure.

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    Yes it is not billable to the insurance carrier because it is fully cosmetic procedure.

    Nalini CPC

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