AMA CPT® Assistant - 2019 Issue 9 (September)

Frequently Asked Questions (September 2019)

September 2019 page 10 Frequently Asked Questions Surgery: Integumentary System Question: A surgeon used a pulsed-dye laser (PDL) to devascularize hypervascular scars; however, lesions are not destructed. Is it appropriate to report CPT code 17106 in this instance? Answer: No, a hypervascular scar is not a proliferative vascular lesion; therefore, it is not appropriate to report CPT code 17106, Destruction of cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions (eg, laser technique); less than 10 sq cm. The unlisted code 17999, Unlisted procedure, skin, mucous membrane and subcutaneous tissue, should be reported instead. When reporting an unlisted code to describe a procedure or...

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