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General Surgery Coding Alert

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Spotlight Wound Size for Graft Code

Question: Our surgeon excised a 4.5 cm melanoma with a 2.5 cm margin from a patient’s left arm. The surgeon then applied a 40 sq cm skin substitute graft with sutures, and dressed the area. Should we code this as 15271 and +15272 based on the graft size? Iowa Subscriber Answer: No, you should not report these graft codes based on the [...]