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CPT 11603, Under Excision-Malignant Lesions Procedures on the Skin

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 11603 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Excision-Malignant Lesions Procedures on the Skin.

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April 21, 2019
To select an appropriate code for excision of a benign (11400-11471) or malignant (11600-11646) skin lesion, you must determine the lesion’s diameter at its widest point, and add double the width o... [ Read More ]
December 28, 2018
Lesion excision coding may seem complex, but reporting excision of benign (11400-11471) and malignant (11600-11646) skin lesions can be mastered in five steps. Step 1: Measure First, Cut Second When a... [ Read More ]
January 02, 2018
Although you may not think you get paid for it, it’s included in the payment for surgery. In July 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring medical offices with 10... [ Read More ]
October 30, 2013
Question: A patient had a biopsy done at another facility by a different provider. The biopsy showed squamous cell carcinoma, and our dermatologist performed a further excision to obtain clear margins... [ Read More ]
October 01, 2013
To accurately code for skin lesion excision, you need to extract from the documentation the answers to three very important questions: Was the lesion benign or malignant? Where was the lesion located ... [ Read More ]
I have been getting ready to take the proficiency exam and came across an article from April 2014 in Healthcare Business Monthly that states that if a provider takes care of an injury initially it is ... [ Read More ]
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