AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2014 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Reconstruction of nasal tip defect

A patient sustained an amputation of her nasal tip when a ladder fell on her 1 month ago. The injury involved the nasal tip, nasal columella, through-and-through cartilage, and soft triangle of the nose, as well as the intranasal mucosa. The patient is now scheduled to undergo reconstruction of the nasal tip defect with tissue rearrangement and placement of Integra dressing on the nasal tip defect. The wound defect measures 1 x 0.5 cm. What is the appropriate code assignment for the procedure performed and the application of the Integra dressing? ...

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