AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 2 (February)

Shaving of Epidermal or Dermal Lesions (February 2008)

February 2008 page 1 Coding Communication:Shaving of Epidermal or Dermal Lesions In the Biopsy section of the Integumentary System in the 2008 CPT codebook, the following statement within the guidelines caused confusion among coders and other users: "During certain surgical procedures in the integumentary system, such as excision, destruction, or shave removals, the removed tissue is often submitted for pathologic examination." The reference to shave removals, which is merely an example, has been misconstrued to mean that biopsy codes are appropriate for these procedures. The intent of the Biopsy guidelines is to emphasize the separate nature of a...

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