The ICD-10 implementation delay has impacted training timelines for many providers. Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC , talks about how this time can be used to improve physician documentation, easing the transition for both coders and providers.
Providers struggle to reconcile conflicts between recent CMS regulations and the CPT® Manual and other AMA publications. Jugna Shah, MPH , Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA , and Linda S. Dietz, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P , look at specific areas of confusion and how to code them accurately.
Q: I have been told to use the general surgery CPT ® codes in the 20000 series for reporting excisions of sebaceous cysts when the surgeon must cut into the subcutaneous layer. I don’t agree with this, since the 20000 codes do not give ICD-9-CM code 706.2 (sebaceous cyst) as a billable diagnosis code. Because a sebaceous, epidermal, or pilar cyst begins in the skin and may grow large enough to press into the subcutaneous layer, I think we should report an excision code from the 11400 series, and if need be, the 12000 codes for closure.