tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 12

Reader Question: Heads Up for Changes to Complex Repair Codes

Question: Are there any changes to the dermatology CPT® codes that we should be aware of for 2014? Virginia Subscriber Answer: For 2014, CPT® code 13150 (Complex repair of eyelids, nose, ears and/or lips for 1.0 cm or less) has been deleted. The rationale was that so few of these codes were reported annually, only about 2500, that the code was not necessary. A complex repair so small would be hard pressed to meet the CPT® definition of a layered closure requiring debridement and extensive undermining. For complex repairs of less than 1.0 cm, see simple or...

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