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Lesion Method Can Lead You To Integumentary Procedure Coding Success

Posted on 23. Apr, 2012 by in Hot Coding Topics

Coding is never easy and even in a case, which appears simple, when a patient comes for treatment of skin lesions, reporting can be complicated. But determining whether your dermatologist performed a biopsy or destruction and these three steps from our experts will make your job easier:

Step 1: Check the Lesion Method

To distinguish between procedure codes 11100-11101, 17000-17004, and 17110-17111, you should first check your dermatologist’s notes for the method he used.

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Key words: Examine the note to determine whether the physician biopsied...

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