Re: CODING a wide excison of a melanoma

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Sylvia Hewell (according to the header - no signature) inquires:

>>Can someone help us with the CPT coding of a wide excision of a melanoma? 
The current coding is a 88305 (skin). But what if we have at least 20 blocks 
on the specimen? Is there a different code for this?<<

I think this would be legitimately coded as an 88309 - a large cancer 
resection specimen.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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