AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery/Integumentary System (June 2008)

June 2008 page 14 Surgery/Integumentary System, 11442 (Q&A) Question: If two lesions are removed but only one excision is made, how is this reported? Answer: From a CPT coding perspective, it is appropriate to report only one excision of lesion code. For example, if two benign skin lesions, measuring 0.5 cm each, are removed with one excision, then only one excision of lesion code would be reported. Because only one excision was performed, it would not be appropriate to report two separate excision of lesion codes. The excision of lesion code should accurately reflect the maximum excised...

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