Skin Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer Screening

March 16, 2023

What is the correct CPT code or CPT code range for skin screening exam for lesions suspicious of skin cancer?

It would NOT be appropriate for a dermatologist to report a code from the Preventive Medicine range (CPT 99381-99397) because a dermatologist is a specialist. If a patient comes in for a “routine” skin check, this should be coded with a problem-oriented E/M code (99202-99215). Also keep in mind most payors only cover a preventive visit one time per calendar year which is typically performed by the patient’s primary care practitioner.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/16/23.




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