2019 CPT® Coding for Skin Biopsies

Deborah Grider, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP

2019 CPT® Coding for Skin Biopsies
ICD10 Monitor
 – September 2018
by Deborah Grider, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP

Skin biopsy codes are changing.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment in a two-part series on the 2019 CPT® codes released recently by the American Medical Association.

For many years we have used two codes to report skin biopsies. CPT 11100 for the first lesion and 11101 for each additional lesion biopsied after the first lesion on the same date of service.  These codes included all methods of removal.

The new code ranges are CPT 11102-11107 and are reported based on method of removal which allows for greater specificity.  New guidelines were created to help with coding and reporting of these codes.   The new CPT codes are as follows:

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