tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2008 Issue 9

Shave Your Claims Mistakes: Not Every Removal Is an Excision

Tip: Skip margin calculations for 11300-11313 When reporting shaving of epidermal or dermal lesions as described by 11300-11313, you must follow a very different set of rules than when you report more familiar lesion excision codes 11400-11646. More fundamentally, you may not always be clear on when you should select 11300-11313 over the excision codes or, for that matter, a biopsy procedure. Here are the facts you need to discern and properly report shaving procedures. Consider Depth to Distinguish Shaving To differentiate between shaving (11300-11313) and excision (11400-11646), you should consider first and foremost the depth of the removal...

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