CPT®: Coding of Skin Lesion Procedures

Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P


Accurate and complete coding of provider services related to skin procedures is challenging:  the codes themselves are complicated and the code definitions often do not match the terms used by providers.  CPT®: Coding of Skin Lesion Procedures provides detailed understanding of the structure of the CPT coding system, the guidance specific to proper coding of skin lesion procedures, and clinical knowledge of skin anatomy, skin lesions, and current medical procedures.

CEUs:  1    1 AHIMA    1 AAPC
Included in eLearning Library. Price per person. Group rates available.

Accurate and complete coding of provider services related to skin procedures is challenging: the codes themselves are complicated and the code definitions often do not match the terms used by providers. CPT®: Coding of Skin Lesion Procedures provides detailed understanding of the structure of the CPT coding system, the guidance specific to proper coding of skin lesion procedures, and clinical knowledge of skin anatomy, skin lesions, and current medical procedures.

  • Skin Biopsies and the hierarchy for coding of multiple biopsies
  • How the location of the biopsy affects coding
  • Lesion Excision vs Destruction
  • Closure of lesion removal including skin grafts and other types of repairs

Decision trees aide the learner in correct code selection

Plus!  Multiple decision trees are used throughout the course to lead learner through the critical decision-making steps necessary to arrive at correct code selection.

Plus!  Apply what you learn! Case studies and operative reports are used to test the student’s knowledge of correct CPT coding of skin lesion procedures.

Ready for a deep dive into CPT coding? CPT: Procedural Coding provides a broad and thorough understanding of the CPT coding system leading to correct and defensible code selection is essential for coders working in the outpatient setting or physician practices.

CPT: Skin Lesion Procedures

Skin Biopsies

  • Tangential
  • Punch
  • Incisional

Multiple Biopsies

  • Hierarchy

Location of the Biopsy

  • Integumentary
  • Anatomic sites not in Integumentary

Lesion Excision

  • Measurement
  • Multiple Lesions
  • Lesions in the Musculoskeletal System
  • Other areas

Lesion Destruction

  • Techniques
  • Destruction of Penis Lesion
  • CAC Examples
    • Vulvar
    • Keratoses
    • Condyloma

Lesion Excision and Closure

  • More than a simple repair?
  • Adjacent Skin Graft (for repair)
  • Free Skin Graft (for repair)
  • Repair Types
    • Simple
    • Intermediate
    • Complex


The level of effort to complete this course, start to finish, is equivalent to 1 CEU and should take you approximately 1-3 hours to complete. Remember: You have access to the course materials for the full 4-week enrollment period and we encourage you to re-review any materials that are helpful to you.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course work, student will be able to download a Libman Education Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion will list the course as awarding 1 CEU.

This course has been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

  • WebinarPlus™ multimedia and interactive online course promotes engagement with challenging materials while offering independent self-study.
  • Teaching methods including audio and video files, diagrams, and animations to accommodate different learning styles. Where appropriate, the Merck Manual Professional Version supplements course materials with in-depth descriptions of diagnoses and/or procedures.
  • Knowledge checks and/or final assessment ensure mastery of material.
  • Online Flexibility! Materials available via secure Learning Management System (LMS). Work at your own pace — save time and travel costs.
  • Earn Libman Education Certificate of Completion and CEUs.
  • To receive CEU credit, students must achieve a passing rate on the course assessment(s).
  • Course is self-paced. For planning purposes, assume 1-3 hours required for each CEU.
  • Unlimited course access during enrollment period. For courses offering greater than one CEU, enrollment period is 16 weeks. For courses offering one or fewer CEUs, enrollment period is 4 weeks. Courses purchased as a bundle or package may have a longer enrollment period.
  • Extensions to the enrollment period are available. Contact Libman Education for pricing.
  • Price listed is per person/per course. Group rates available upon request.

Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

Gail Smith, president of Gail I. Smith Consulting, is a nationally recognized coding educator. For most of her career Gail was an associate professor and director of the health information management (HIM) program at the University of Cincinnati and HIM program director at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Gail is a currently a consultant with a software company specializing in medical terminologies. Gail has authored several textbooks, including Basic Procedural Terminology and HCPCS Coding published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

An advocate for advanced coder training, Gail is the author of several titles for Libman Education including CPT: Introduction to Procedural Coding and two courses on the unique challenge of CPT coding in the pediatric setting: CPT for Pediatrics and CPT for Pediatrics: Advanced Orthopedic Coding. According to Gail: “One cannot possibly teach every coding scenario a coder will experience in their career. That is why coding education needs to focus instead on how to arrive at an accurate and defensible code assignment. It is the difference between learning to fish, and being given a fish. If you learn to code instead of being given answers to memorize, you will be able to arrive at the complete codes more quickly and with greater confidence.”

“So glad to hear that Gail will be leading this course. She is an exceptional educator.” — HIM Practitioner, on Gail’s course CPT: Introduction to Procedural Coding

“I have completed the CPT update course and loved it. Pairing the audio with the visual works well for my learning style. It was well worth the money for me to spend. Much better than the quickie, run-through-everything-in-an-hour CEU offerings work allows us.” — Karin A., MPS, RHIT, CPC-I, CPC, CMA, PBT, Professional Coding Quality Specialist, on Gail’s course CPT® Code Updates

“by the way, Gail’s course is great, I am enjoying!” — HIM Director on Gail’s course ICD-10-CM for Coding Professionals

“I recently completed the CPT Update I thought it was a wonderful course. It is so important as a coder that I know and understand the changes each year. This course was very helpful to me.” — Marcelette on Gail’s course CPT® Code Updates

“Gail Smith is one of my favorite resources, the work that your team is doing is outstanding and professional, Thanks again, for your help” — HIM Coder

“I truly thank you Libman Group for your wonderful courses that have contributed to my success.” — Leslie Jay Corn, CCS, CPC, CCA/ER Coding Analyst/Boston Medical Center OR LogixHealth

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“Any of Libman Education’s courses are worth time and cost. Always walk away with a useable, clarity or reinforcement of subject matter.”

“I greatly appreciate this support and outstanding customer service!” — former student


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