initial vrs subsequent

lminneti

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hello all

I have a question well actually case. pt has been going to the ed for wound check/dressing change. now pt has gone to general surgery provider for the same wound check/dressing change. how would this be coded? would be coded as initial or subsequent?

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mitchellde

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Dressing changes, suture removal, debridements... all will be subsequent regardless of whether this is a patient that new to you or established, or whether your provider treated the patient for the active treatment or not. this is in the coding guidelines.
 
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