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2012 Dermatology Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Changes and Updates

McNicholas, Faith C. M.

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: March/April 2012 - Volume 4 - Issue 2 - p 122–126
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0b013e31824ab7e6
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ABSTRACT The Current Procedural Terminology coding determines the reimbursement level of any service provided by physicians and practitioners in any outpatient care setting. The American Medical Association unveiled revisions and updates to certain dermatology services and procedural codes late in 2011. All dermatology practices and providers are highly encouraged to pay close attention to these revisions and updates, as these may ultimately affect the final code selection of services performed, which will in turn determine whether the service performed is reimbursable or not. This article will help you get up to speed with the 2012 changes, revisions, and updates, as they affect dermatology Current Procedural Terminology coding.

Faith C. M. McNicholas, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, American Academy of Dermatology, Schaumburg, Illinois.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Faith C. M. McNicholas, CPC, CPCD, PCS, CDC, Coding and Reimbursement/Government Affairs, 930 E Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173. E-mail:

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