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Coding Keloid Scar Removal

Posted on 12. Dec, 2009 by .

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Watch out: Avoid this unlisted code.

Question: Is removal of a keloid scar considered an unlisted procedure? What is the right code?

Answer: Use 17110 (Destruction [e.g., laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement], of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular lesions; up to 14 lesions) with diagnosis 701.4 (Keloid scar). 17110 and 7111 (… 15 or more lesions) are now used for destruction of common or plantar warts.

Rewind: In 2007, these codes were revised to include destruction of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular lesions.

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Lesion Destruction Coding: Match Dx & Procedure Codes Like a Pro

Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by .

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Tip: All ‘Verruca’ codes fall under one CPT code, but have different ICD-9 codes.

Don’t let plantar warts throw you for a loop. Keep your eye on the ICD-9 code and link it the corresponding CPT code using this cheat sheet.

You should use 17000-17003 for destruction of premalignant lesions, such as actinic keratosis (702.0), and 17110-17111 for destruction of benign lesions including common (078.10) and plantar warts (078.19). Here’s how you should code for several lesion types.

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Check Destruction Method Before Assuming 17110

Posted on 02. Feb, 2009 by .

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You could gain $30 if a shave is also performed.

Treating 17110 as your office’s catch-all skin lesion destruction procedure code could cut $30-$72 from a claim.

As pediatricians look for more ways to maximize services provided in our medical homes, understanding correct coding for skin lesion destruction becomes more important. You could be overlooking providing dermatology procedures that could benefit your bottom line. Here are some to look into — and how to code them appropriately.

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Destruction, which means the ablation of tissues of lesions, is by any method. But some methods …

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