Kathy Posted Fri 21st of September, 2012 18:08:05 PM
This was two distinct lesions, one on each side of the nose that required two complex flaps. The area was less than 30sq cm in total however. How can I code this for what I consider 2 separate procedures.
Can the above service be reported with 14060 and 14060-59 for the 2nd?
SuperCoder Answered Fri 21st of September, 2012 18:37:44 PM
I am Confused . What is the size of first lesion? and second lesion also. Is the total area less than 30 sq cm without mentioning individual sizes. Please explain.
Kathy Posted Fri 21st of September, 2012 20:07:06 PM
He does not specify individual sizes for each lesion only states that combined they do not equal 30 sq cm. He had originally wanted to report them with modifier 50 and I told him this would not be appropriate. That is when I received the message above.
SuperCoder Answered Fri 21st of September, 2012 21:14:41 PM
So we have to code with assumptions taking minimum considerations.
We have two lesions
First 10 sq cm or less--14060
Second 10 sq cm or more-14060 ( for first 10 sq cm) and 14061 for the remaining. ( Its less than 30 sq cm)
A little mathematical