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2012 deletion of layer closures 12001 to 13160

Teresa Posted Mon 02nd of April, 2012 21:17:49 PM

Since the layer closures were deleted for 2012 and now labeled repair codes and per correct coding you cannot bill any of the repair codes like 12031 with 11420 exision what do we do?

If my dermatologist performs an excision that requires layer closure,as of 2012 what cpt codes do we use, or can we not code for layer closure anymore?

SuperCoder Answered Mon 02nd of April, 2012 21:29:02 PM

All codes from 12001 to 13160 are still valid codes for 2012. They are not deleted. The same coding rules applies as was in precious years. The closure of defects created by incision, excision, or trauma may require intermediate or complex closure. Repair by intermediate or complex closure should be reported separately. For excision of benign lesions requiring more than simple closure, ie, requiring intermediate or complex closure, report 11400-11446 in addition to appropriate intermediate (12031-12057) or complex closure (13100-13153) codes.Perhaps I am not able to get you. Could you please be more specific about the query?

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