Month: June 2020

Biopsy Diagnosis
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Biopsy Diagnosis

June 25, 2020 Question: What is the appropriate diagnosis code to submit when I do a skin biopsy of the eyelid? Answer: If you are submitting the claim the same day, you could report D49.2 (Neoplasm of unspecified behavior of skin) since the diagnoses is unknown, but it is recommended that you wait for the...

Blood Patch with Epidural
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Blood Patch with Epidural

June 25, 2020 Question: My anesthesiologist had to perform a blood patch on a patient who received an epidural the day before. Can we bill for this? Answer: It depends. If the patch was performed through the same catheter for the epidural, then this would not be separately billable. However, if the blood patch was...

Co-Surgery Due to Complex Procedure
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Co-Surgery Due to Complex Procedure

June 25, 2020 Question: I have 2 vascular surgeons from the same practice that want to bill co-surgery for a complex open abdominal aneurysm repair. They both performed the same code but say that it should be co-surgery because it was complex and needed both surgeons. Can we bill with modifier -62? Answer: The surgery...

Excision External Ear
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Excision External Ear

June 25, 2020 Question: I did a partial excision of the left ear wedge with a layered closure. Can I code 69110 and a complex repair code since 69110 says “simple repair”? Answer: CPT 69110 includes the direct closure (bringing wound edges together) because it says “simple repair” so that would include a simple, intermediate...

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