AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2013 Issue 2

Appropriate reporting of fat grafting

The Central Office on HCPCS has received several inquiries regarding the appropriate reporting of CPT codes for fat grafting procedures. This article is intended to provide guidance on a number of these issues related to appropriate reporting. What is fat grafting? Loose connective tissue, also known as adipose tissue, body fat or just fat, is commonly utilized in many surgical procedures to augment areas of the body, such as buttocks, breasts and face. This procedure is known as a fat transfer or fat grafting. A fat transfer or fat grafting procedure involves the harvesting of the adipose tissue by...

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