Category: Dermatology

Coding an Epidermal Inclusion Cyst
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Coding an Epidermal Inclusion Cyst

April 1, 2021 Question: I excised an EIC lesion on the chest.  I coded this as D48.5 but my coder says this is the wrong diagnosis code.  What is the correct diagnosis code? Answer: ICD-10-CM code D48.5 (Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin) is incorrect as you have stated the patient has an EIC (epidermal...

Confirmation with Pathology
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Confirmation with Pathology

March 4, 2021 Question: My physician excised a lesion the was 1.5cm on the trunk. He documented it as a benign lesion but sent it to pathology for confirmation.  We submitted CPT code 11402 for the benign lesion of the trunk. The lesion came back malignant.  Shouldn’t we wait for the pathology report prior to...

Excision of Rheumatoid Nodules
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Excision of Rheumatoid Nodules

February 4, 2021 Question: I excised a rheumatoid nodule on both the left and right elbow.  What CPT code do I report? Answer: You would report CPT code 24120 (excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumor of head or neck of radius or olecranon process).  You can report this procedure when performed bilaterally....

Coding Intermediate Repairs
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Coding Intermediate Repairs

January 21, 2021 Question: Can I report CPT 12052 for an intermediate repair of the cheek and nose.  The size of the defect of the cheek is 2.7 cm and the defect on the nose is 1.0cm.  I want to code 12052 for the cheek and CPT code 12051-59.  Is that correct? Answer: If both...

Wedge Excision with Reconstruction
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Wedge Excision with Reconstruction

December 17, 2020 Question: My physician did a full thickness wedge excision with an Estlander flap of the right upper lip with reconstruction utilizing a cheek flap, adjacent tissue transfer. The defect measures 27 sq. cm. The physician used a mucosal graft from the wedge excised from the lip with reconstruction of the vermillion of...

Paring or Cutting
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Paring or Cutting

December 3, 2020 Question: I am new to Dermatology coding and need some help. The previous coder told me for CPT 11055 (paring or cutting) that if more than one is removed we bill the codes 11055 and 11056?  My physician removed 4 calluses by cutting and I billed CPT 11055 and 11056. The claim...

Excision of Cyst
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Excision of Cyst

October 29, 2020 Question: I need some help. The physician made an incision over a cyst was able to remove the contents in total or by piece meal. Would this be considered an excision of a benign lesion? Answer: Yes, it would be considered a benign lesion excision using a code from category 11400-11446. Make...

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