Diagnosis Code

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July 16, 2015

Question:

I do a lot of reconstruction procedures after the Mohs surgeon has removed the skin cancer. I am not removing cancer so it doesn’t seem right to use a cancer diagnosis code. But what diagnosis code should I use?

Answer:

We recommend using an “open wound” diagnosis code since the purpose of your procedure is to close an open wound. You can use the cancer diagnosis code as a secondary diagnosis code.