Coding for Lesion Removal: Margins Count!McNicholas, Faith C. M.Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: July/August 2013 - Volume 5 - Issue 4 - p 229–230 doi: 10.1097/JDN.0b013e31829cbf35 Feature Articles Abstract Author Information ABSTRACT: Healthcare providers use different methods to treat/remove or destroy suspicious skin lesions. Appropriate code selection depends on the lesion morphology and the technique used, for example, removal by shave technique, destruction, or excision. To select the appropriate code for excision of a benign or malignant skin lesion, the provider must determine the lesion’s diameter at its widest point and include the narrowest margin clinically required for complete excision of the lesion on both sides. The provider must document the size of the lesion before removal to achieve both clinical and coding accuracy. Faith C. M. McNicholas, RHIT, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, Coding & Reimbursement/Government Affairs, Schaumburg, IL. The author declares no conflicts of interest. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Faith C. M. McNicholas, RHIT, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, Coding & Reimbursement/Government Affairs, 930 E. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2013 by the Dermatology Nurses' Association.