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  1. #1
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    Concord NC

    Default Excision Facial Scar

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    Good Morning Forum,
    If we are performing an excision of a scar on the cheek would we use 11440-11446?

    Thank you again for your help.


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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Depends

    This will depend on what is actually done.

    11440-11446 may certainly be used (along with intermediate repair if that was performed).

    On the other hand .... if closure required a flap (adjacent tissue transfer), then you only code THAT (because the excision is included in those codes).

    If the repair of the surgically created defect is documented as a complex repair, then you code ONLY that code.

    So, without the actual documentation I cannot tell which is the correct code.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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