Adjacent Tissue Transfer (14xxx)

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August 21, 2014

Question:
I’m reading an operative report and the surgeon says she did “undermining of the incision to close a keloid excision defect.” She wants to use an adjacent tissue transfer code. This documentation doesn’t seem to satisfy the CPT description. What do you think?

Answer:
We agree with you that the documentation is not sufficient to support an ATT code (e.g., 14xxx). “Undermining” does not constitute use of an adjacent tissue transfer code. CPT says a scar revision is reported using only a complex repair code.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 08/21/14.

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