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Billing 17000 (units?)

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    ...multiple keratosis were fulgurated with cautery. Curettage with sharp curette was then carried down to level of dermis. Approximately 60 lesions were fulgurated.....

    would this be-

    17000x1
    17003x13
    17004x46
    11401(an additional 1cm skin lesion was removed)

    Thank you

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    Or the 17004 would just be 1 unit?

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    No once you get past 15 in one session you report only the 17004 with 1 unit. the 11401 can be reported also but check the CCI edits either the the 17004 or the 11401 will need a 59 modifier.
    note: you would not report the 17000 or the 17003 at all in this scenario

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Quote Originally Posted by herrera4 View Post
    op note
    ...multiple keratosis were fulgurated with cautery. Curettage with sharp curette was then carried down to level of dermis. Approximately 60 lesions were fulgurated.....

    would this be-

    17000x1
    17003x13
    17004x46
    11401(an additional 1cm skin lesion was removed)

    Thank you
    were these actinic keratoes? If so, all you can bill for is the 17004 with the 11401 if it is codeable. If they were seborrheic keratoses, then it is a different code all together. Please clarify which one.

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