Getting Beneath the Surface Part 1: Coding For Lesions and Lacerations in CPT

Our skin is the largest organ in the human body. Because it is so large and so many different different types of procedures can be performed on it, having a deep understanding of how all of these procedures should be coded can get under a coders skin! Skin repair in particular can be difficult and coders are often left struggling. Some of the areas of doubt when coding for skin repair are: How and when to report excision of lesions versus the repair of the skin? Should the length of laceration be added together or should they be reported separately? What is the the difference in a flap and a graft and how should they be coded? Can I use a modifier -25 or -59 on a lesion removal? And what ICD-10-CM code should I use to prove medical necessity? Join this session to get beneath the surface of coding for skin procedures and to answer all of these question and more so you can report skin repair codes without breaking a sweat.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Utilize learned information to make logical decisions regarding coding for skin repair of lesions and lacerations in CPT
  • Apply rules for selecting the diagnosis and to achieve medical necessity for reported services.
  • Describe key CMS rules and regulations specific to skin repair procedures and apply this knowledge in their own facility.
This course presented by Heather Bryans

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