In Coding
Aug 22nd, 2016
Both CPT® and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) consider suture removal to be part of a minor surgical procedure’s global package. If the same physician who placed the sutures removes them during the original procedure’s global period, you cannot report the removal separately. If a different physician removes the sutures, the removal ...
In CMS
Aug 15th, 2016
Both CPT® and CMS consider suture removal to be part of a minor surgical procedure’s global package. If the same physician who placed the sutures removes them during the original procedure’s global period, you cannot report the removal separately. If a different physician removes the sutures, the removal becomes part of any E/M service reported. ...
In Coding
Sep 30th, 2013
Removal of sutures is usually not a separately billable service. An exception may occur if the patient must be placed under general anesthesia to remove the sutures (15850 Removal of sutures under anesthesia (other than local), same surgeon or 15851 Removal of sutures under anesthesia (other than local), other surgeon). There are very few circumstances under ...
Nov 1st, 2012
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC  In most circumstances, you would not code separately for suture removal. There isn’t a dedicated CPT® code for suture removal, and both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) consider suture removal to be an integral part of any procedure that includes suture placement. ...
In Coding
Mar 1st, 2009
From A-scans to YAG. By Kim Ross, CPC, OCS, and Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS Remember the pirate’s often-lost wooden eye in “Pirates of the Caribbean?” Or Tom Cruises’ eye transplant in “Minority Report?” Movies showing eye injuries intrigue us. Although it is a challenge to code these incidents, an even greater challenge is correctly coding ...