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Subcutaneous Lipoma

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    Medical Coding Books
    If the integumentary system consists of the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissues then why would someone code a SubQ lipoma from the muscle/skeletal section? I am confused. Thanks!

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    I think you should read the guildlines in the CPT on each of those sections. There are set rules, and we follow them.

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    Kansas City, MO
    Take a look at one of the excision codes in the musc/skel section. You'll see they use the term subcutaneous. If the lipoma is deep below the top two dermal layers and in the sub-q tissue, that is more than likely the section you want.

    Don't be thrown off by titles of the "skin" section there are codes for debriding down into "bone".
    Linda Vargas, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC,CCC, AAPC Fellow
    PMCC Licensed Instructor
    2018 Chapter President, Kansas City, MO

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