removal of sutures

LuckyLily

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If a patient comes in for an ulcer L89.323 and also has sutures removed from another ulcer (L89.314), what would the diagnosis coding look like. Is it;

L89.323 (pressure ulcer, left buttock)
Z48.02 (encounter for removal of sutures)
Z87.2 (personal hx of diseases of skin and subcutaneous tissue)
then add chronic conditions.
 
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Since the encounter is for ulcer treatment you have to code
L89.323 (pressure ulcer, left buttock)
chronic conditions
Z87.2 (personal hx of diseases of skin and subcutaneous tissue)

You cannot give the encounter code unless the sole purpose of visit is for suture removal.
 
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