tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 12

Reader Question: Shave Off the Warts With 17110

Question: A patient was taken to the operating room for wart removal, due to the size of the warts. The surgeon vaporized one wart on the right third toe and two on the left fourth toe. All areas were vaporized to a depth of 1.5 mm, and a margin was vaporized around each lesion. How do I code the procedure? Colorado Subscriber Answer: You can code with 17110 (Destruction [e.g., laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement], of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions; up to 14 lesions). Red flag: Be aware...

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