Layered Closure/Lesions

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Our doctors often describe the two different suture materials used when they remove a lesion. They do not usually use the word layered closure in their description, but it sounds as if they are doing a layered closure. I just read an article that said that if they are using different suture materials that they are probably doing a layered closure but that you should ask each time to make sure. Is that correct?

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Dee
 
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Our compliance office ...

Per our compliance office specifiying two types of suture material is not considered sufficient documentation. They will not give credit for a layered closure unless the physician specifically uses that terminology such as "Layered closure" or "closed in layers" or "intermediate closure."

Hope that helps.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 
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