Suture removal

Worxs43

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Good Afternoon,
Have a quick question on sutures. Asking around to a couple people where the response was different so asking anyone's insight on this.

Patient seen last week Thursday evening to have 3 sutures placed for a chin laceration at ABC Hospital ER.
Patient visits ABC pcp office after 7 days to have the sutures removed. Due to the patient being seen at ABC Hospital
then returning to see a ABC office physician I would not charge for sutures as they are apart of the same medical group, am I correct?
 

thomas7331

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An ED physician and a PCP are considered to be of different specialties which means that if the PCP removed the sutures it would technically not be considered part of the global period. However, if both physicians are working for the same organization, then your employer may wish to waive this charge as a courtesy to the patient since if the ED billed a global fee, then the practice itself has already been compensated for the routine follow-up care.
 

Worxs43

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An ED physician and a PCP are considered to be of different specialties which means that if the PCP removed the sutures it would technically not be considered part of the global period. However, if both physicians are working for the same organization, then your employer may wish to waive this charge as a courtesy to the patient since if the ED billed a global fee, then the practice itself has already been compensated for the routine follow-up care.
Thank you
 
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