Category: CC-Plastic Surgery

Implantation of Biologic Implants
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Implantation of Biologic Implants

December 19, 2019 Question: Can we use 15777 Implantation of biologic implant (e.g. acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement for other tissues beside the breast or trunk? Answer: Code 15777 specifically points to breast and/or trunk only, as “i.e.” stands for “in other words”. Report code 17999 Unlisted procedure, skin, mucous membrane and subcutaneous...

Modifiers for Free Flap Breast Reconstruction
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Modifiers for Free Flap Breast Reconstruction

November 14, 2019 Question: Do the free flap breast reconstruction codes, 19364 and S2068, allow billing for surgeon, co-surgeon and assistant? Answer: CPT 19364 does allow payment for the surgeon, co-surgeon (modifier 62) and assistant surgeon (modifier 80, 82 and AS). However, many payors do not recognize modifiers 62, 80, 82 and/or AS on S2068....

Coding Debridement with Grafts
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Coding Debridement with Grafts

September 5, 2019 Question: When can I report a debridement in addition to a graft?  I performed a simple debridement with a full thickness graft of the trunk and reported 15200 and coded also for the debridement, but my coder told me I could not report the debridement.  When can I report debridement separately? Answer:...

Chemical Peel
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Chemical Peel

August 22, 2019 Question: What code should we use for a chemical peel of less than the entire face? Answer: CPT codes 15788 (Chemical peel, facial; epidermis) and 15789 (Chemical peel, facial; dermis) are reported for peels of the entire face.  There is no code for less than the entire face.  When a chemical peel...

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