AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Breast Tissue Expanders

  1. #1

    Default Breast Tissue Expanders

    AAPC: Back to School
    Hello all.

    I need help with a HCPC code. I work for an ASC. When performing a breast reconstruction surgery on breast cancer patients post-mastectomy where tissue expanders are used, I'm having a problem getting the expanders paid. So far I have been using L8699 as I could not find another code. I have not wanted to use L8600 or C1789 as these are not prosthesis to replace the breasts, they are only used to prep the affected area in anticipation for the prosthesis.

    Does anyone know of another HCPC code for the tissue expanders?

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Terri G

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I've been unable to find one and resort to the L8699 too.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I am using L8600 and we're getting paid. Even tho this is a T-expander, this is also an implantable breast prosthesis injected with a saline, also the HCPC book says implantable breast prosthesis, silicone or equal. I hope this helps. BTW what insurance are you billing, because if this is medicare this is already a packaged procedure and this will not get paid per the new payment system.

Similar Threads

  1. Removal of breast implants & insert tissue expanders
    By jbrock in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-20-2010, 07:54 AM
  2. Breast Tissue Expanders
    By anwalden in forum Outpatient Facilities
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-18-2010, 02:21 PM
  3. Help coding Removal of Tissue expanders
    By kristy2 in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-17-2010, 12:49 PM
  4. Tissue Expanders!
    By Kevinph84 in forum Outpatient Facilities
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-07-2009, 08:27 AM
  5. Billing For Tissue Expanders
    By wintermwill80 in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-30-2008, 03:35 PM

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.