Tag Archives: lesion destruction
Posted on 23. Apr, 2012 by dchandhok.
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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Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by .
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.
Posted on 02. Feb, 2009 by .
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.
Destruction, which means the ablation of tissues of lesions, is by any method. But some methods …