AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 6 (June)

Integumentary System Moh's Micrographic Surgery, 17304 (Q&A) (June 1999)

June 1999 page 10f Coding Consultation Integumentary System Moh's Micrographic Surgery, 17304 (Q&A) Question In the March 1999 CPT Assistant, a question appeared in the Coding Consultation section regarding the use of modifier -51 with the codes for Mohs' Micrographic Surgery (17304-17310). The AMA comment indicated that code 17304 is not exempt from the use of the -51 modifier. Medicare does not consider this code as subject to the multiple surgery reduction. Why is there a difference between CPT and Medicare guidelines? AMA Comment Often, third-party payor guidelines differ from CPT coding guidelines. Medicare payment policy allows for...

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