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Biopsy of Clavicular Mass

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    Default Biopsy of Clavicular Mass
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    One of our surgeons was going to remove a clavicular mass that is in the deep tissue/muscle of a pt but when he got in there, he was unable to remove the entire mass as it was attached to the subclavian vein. He then decided to just take a biopsy of the mass and call it good. It came back as a malignant melanoma. I cannot find a CPT code for the biopsy. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know! Thanks!
    Chrissy, CPC

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    what about code 23066? In the desk reference it states biopsy down deep within the soft tissue, such into the facial layer OR within the muscle. A portion is excised and submitted for path, irrigated and closed.

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    Thanks! I am pretty sure that's the code I will use. I am going to the Dissecting Op Reports workshop tomorrow so am going to wait to code the procedure. Maybe I'll learn something there! I was also thinking I could code it as a removal of a mass with the discontinued procedure modifier.....
    Chrissy, CPC

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