For the Week of November 17, 2014
What is the correct code to assign when drainage of a skin lesion is performed and a needle is used to perform a puncture aspiration of a soft-tissue lesion?
When a drainage is performed of a lesion of the “skin, subcutaneous, or accessory structures” (defined by CPT series 10030–11646) and if a needle is used to perform a puncture aspiration of a soft-tissue lesion, code 10160 (puncture aspiration of abscess, hematoma, bulla, or cyst) should be assigned. This code does not include image guidance, so if ultrasound, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance guidance is used and documentation criteria are met, consider one of the following options as well: 76942, 77012, or 77021
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