tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 5

Reader Question: Simple Wart Excisions for Multiple Locations Still Mean 17110

Question: Our physician performed two wart excisions (one from the elbow, the other from the knee). He performed fulguration of the base for both to prevent seeding, then completed primary closure with sutures. Would 17110 be the correct code for all of this or do I also need to add repair of the areas (knee and elbow)?   Alabama Subscriber Answer:  Only report 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) since the diagnosis is common warts (verruca vulgaris)...

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