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. ...
Sometimes getting paid for additional work takes ingenuity. Q: In our family practice, I occasionally see documentation stating that one of our physicians removed sutures that were placed by another provider outside the practice, such as an emergency department physician. Should we code separately for the suture removal? A: Both CPT® and the Centers for ...
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. ...