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Inga Ellzey is President/CEO of the Inga Ellzey Practice Group Inc. The nation's foremost expert on dermatology coding, documentation, and reimbursement.
It's no big news to anyone doing medical billing that getting paid gets more and more time consuming. It seems that each month carriers devise new schemes not to pay us. The latest one is that CPT code 17000 is denied when billed with another service, but 17003 is paid. When asked why the 17000 code was not paid, carriers state it is bundled into the other surgical service billed, such as 11100. They state they are following CPT guidelines. Where is that written?