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 Billing
Dec 2nd, 2013
Tissue adhesives, such as Dermabond®, may be used alone or in combination with other methods (e.g., sutures or staples) for laceration repair or to close surgical wounds. The adhesive is applied directly to the skin or tissue of an open wound to hold the margins closed for healing. Proper coding for tissue adhesives has changed ...
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. ...