AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 5 (May)

Integumentary System (May 2001)

May 2001 page 11 Coding Consultation Integumentary System, 15831 (Q&A) Question When excision of excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue is performed on the abdomen [15831 Excision, excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue (including lipectomy); abdomen (abdominoplasty)], and a layered closure of over 30 cm is performed, should the closure be separately reported? AMA Comment From a coding perspective, closure is considered an inclusive component of code 15831. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to report the layered closure separately. Integumentary System, 15831 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2001; May 2001 page 11 ...

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