Vitiligo Treatment

Vitiligo Treatment

December 13, 2018

Question:
My question concerns what would be the proper code for laser light treatment performed for vitiligo (i.e. Excimer laser)?  Our doctors want to use code range 96920-96922, Laser treatment for inflammatory skin disease (psoriasis).  Coding staff recommends 96900 Actinotherapy (ultraviolet light).

Answer:
Great question.  The coding staff is correct.  CPT Assistant September 2016 addressed this issue in an article on coding for laser treatment for inflammatory skin diseases.  In an example given for a patient who receives vitiligo Excimer laser treatment, the AMA states that CPT code 96900 is the correct code to report the service.  It further states that CPT codes 96920-96922 are specifically indicated for psoriasis treatment.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 12/13/18.

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