September 3 , 2020
When using liquid nitrogen to for irritated actinic keratoses what CPT codes should I use? I have been using 17110 and my coder told me that was wrong.
You should report 17000 for the first AK (Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), premalignant lesions (eg, actinic keratoses); first lesion) and 17003 for each lesion treated from 2-14. If you remove 15 or more lesions report 17004 (15 or more lesions). Make certain you document the location of each lesion, method of removal and numbers treated.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 9/3/20.