Internists are dealing with straightforward integumentary complaints that were once readily referred to dermatologists and this includes wart removal. But all too often internists perform wart removal procedures without differentiating between wart types and without knowing that those differences can have a big effect on their rightful reimbursement. As well, coders who arent alert to the subtleties of coding terminology may be prolonging or perpetuating the misapprehension.
Understanding Wart Removal Codes/b>
The problem rests in a misunderstanding of the relevant CPT codes , says Kathy Pride, CPC, coding supervisor for the Martin Memorial Medical Group, a 57-physician group practice in Stuart, Fla. When internists and coders look for a wart removal code, many of them only see 17110 [destruction by any method of flat warts, molluscum contagiosum, or milia; up to 14 lesions] or 17111 [ 15 or more lesions].