AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 8 (August)

Review of the Integumentary Excision of Lesion Codes (11400-11646) (August 2000)

August 2000 pages 5-6 Coding Communication Review of the Integumentary Excision of Lesion Codes (11400-11646) CPT guidelines for excision of benign lesions state: "Excision (including simple closure) of benign lesions of skin or subcutaneous tissues (eg, cicatricial, fibrous, inflammatory, congenital, cystic lesions), including local anesthesia. Excision is defined as full-thickness (through the dermis) removal of the following lesions and includes simple (nonlayered) closure. The closure of defects created by incision, excision, or trauma may require intermediate (layered) closure. Layered closure involves dermal closure with separate suture closure of at least one of the deeper layers of subcutaneous and nonmuscle...

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