AMA CPT® Assistant - 2017 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery: Integumentary System (Q&A) (April 2017)

April 2017 page 9a Surgery: Integumentary System Question: What are the appropriate codes to report for a bilateral subcutaneous brow lift with full facelift corset platysmaplasty? Answer: It is appropriate to report code 15824, Rhytidectomy; forehead, for the brow lift procedure, and code 15825, Rhytidectomy; neck with platysmal tightening (platysmal flap, P-flap), for the facelift corset platysmaplasty procedure. For the bilateral brow lift, append modifier 50 to code 15824. Question: A surgeon performs complex closures of the large dead space left following mastectomy, which double the operating time in most cases as these are meticulous and complex closures. Is...

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