tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 6

Skin Care: Know What to Look for to Peel off the Ambiguity of Skin Coding

Look into the elements of skin procedures before coding. Although there have been no recent changes in dermatology codes, it can still be difficult to choose the right code because of the many factors involved. While coding skin procedure codes you need to take into account the size, the type of removal, location of the lesion, pathologic results and your provider’s intent.  Distinguish Between Biopsy, Shave, and Excision You first need to know the distinct difference between shave, biopsy and excision. A careful review of the word shave simply states, “removal.” That means the lesion...

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