AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery: Integumentary System (October 2010)

October 2010 page 9 Surgery: Integumentary System Question: What is the difference between the codes for congenital hemangiomas (17106-17108), the codes for inflammatory skin disease (eg, psoriasis) (96920-96922), and the codes for laser destruction (17110-17111)? Answer: In 2003, a new series of laser codes for the treatment of psoriasis (96920-96922) were added to the Medicine section. This series is different from the 17000 series of laser destruction codes, which is intended to report the destruction of skin lesions. These codes are in opposition to the laser treatment described in the 96920-96922 code series, which is intended to report the...

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