tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2011 Issue 11
Reader Question: Re-Excision Depends on Timing
Question: The surgeon performs a lesion re-excision for margin removal because the pathology report identifies "suspicious cells" but doesn't diagnose malignancy. How should we code the re-excision procedure? Arkansas Subscriber Answer: Coding the re-excision does not depend on the pathology report -- whether malignant or benign. The rules for reporting a re-excision procedure depend on whether the surgeon performs the service during the same operative session as the initial excision, or at a later time. For instance: If the pathologist performs a frozen section and reports to the surgeon while the patient is still "on the table" that the...
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