Category: CC-Plastic 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...

DIEP Co-Surgery
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DIEP Co-Surgery

May 28, 2020 Question: Hello! I have a plastic surgery question. I perform DIEP surgeries and when I do a bilateral DIEP I have a colleague scrub with me, and one of us will do the belly dissection while another does the chest dissection. We are both plastic surgeons. At my previous institution we were...

Billing Telephone Calls Longer than 30 Minutes
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Billing Telephone Calls Longer than 30 Minutes

April 30, 2020 Question: We cannot locate a response from any reliable coding resource about how to bill telephone calls lasting more than 30 min. Do you have any guidance on this topic? Answer: Although telephone calls for both new and established patients are temporarily billable during the current COVID-19 public health emergency, there is...

Breast Biopsy
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Breast Biopsy

March 19, 2020 Question: I did a biopsy of the breast defect before doing the reconstruction. Can I also code for the breast biopsy? Answer: A biopsy from the same surgical location as a primary procedure (breast reconstruction) is not separately reported. *This response is based on the best information available as of 03/19/20.  

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