Excision and Cryotherapy Same Day

Excision and Cryotherapy Same Day

August 20 , 2020

Question:
My physician performed a lesion excision on the scalp which measured 0.8 cm and performed cryosurgery on the neck and destroyed 2 lesions. The lesion on the scalp he documented as benign. Can I report both procedures?

Answer:
Yes, you would report CPT code 11421 for the benign lesion excision on the scalp and 17110-59 for the cryo on the neck. Since both procedures as in different anatomic areas and both coded are bundled under the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) you would append modifier 59 to the lesser procedure.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 8/20/20.

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