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How to bill hyfrecation for lid trichiasis

Polly Posted Tue 26th of February, 2013 18:16:40 PM

One of our physicians performed hyfrecation on a patient's right and left lower lids for trichiasis. What CPT code should I use for the procedure?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 27th of February, 2013 13:46:36 PM

Hyfrecation is actually a really old, outdated term that a physician may use to describe the cautery (either
chemical or electrical) of tissue. It is not synonymous with tissue destruction.The device, which is used is referred to as “hyfrecator”.Please consult your FI or Medicare administrative contractor for further instruction about this issue.Physicians may use this device to seal the edgesof a wound or lesion that is oozing or bleeding. Consider this part of the primary procedure (excision and removal), and do not code it separately.

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