February 1, 2003
Inga Ellzey

Inga Ellzey is President/CEO of the Inga Ellzey Practice Group Inc. The nation's foremost expert on dermatology coding, documentation, and reimbursement.

Q: My doctors commonly use the following example in their dictation: "IDN back, no other suspicious lesions noted on complete general cutaneous skin exam." Would this documentation support a 99213, 99202, or 99242 level of care since six body areas are required to meet the documentation guidelines for the examination?