August 13, 2015
Do you advise that we hold our claims for excision of skin lesion procedures until after the pathology report is received? That seems to delay our charges and I want to get them billed quickly!
Yes, you need to hold the claim for the excision of skin lesion codes (114xx for benign skin lesions, 116xx for malignant skin lesions) if you do not have a previous pathology report showing a malignancy. Why? Because the CPT codes for the procedures require the lesion pathology be identified. If you have a biopsy report for the lesion showing a malignancy, then you can go ahead and bill the excision procedure using the malignant CPT (116xx) and diagnosis codes.