Billie Posted Thu 21st of August, 2014 12:37:50 PM
When coding more than one malignant lesion excision, same body area, do I need to add the diameters and use the code with the combined diameter?
SuperCoder Answered Fri 22nd of August, 2014 00:58:48 AM
When coding more than one malignant lesion excision, same body area, report each lesion excision separately. Code selection is determined by measuring the greatest clinical diameter of the apparent lesion plus that margin required for complete excision.
Adding together the lengths and reporting the total as a single item refers to the repair (closure) codes: "if multiple wounds are repaired within the same classification, the sum of the lengths is added together and reported as a single item".