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Attempted Suture Repair-unsuccessful

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    Question Attempted Suture Repair-unsuccessful
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    I code for ER physicians in which I have a chart that states after giving a digital block he attempted to suture skin, but would not approximate so he just put antibiotic ointment on it and a bandage. Would the repair be coded with a 52 modifier or would it be more appropriate to not code for the repair and just code for the digital block?

    Thank you!

  2. Default Attempted suture repair

    To code a suture repair along with mod.53 is more appropriate.

    Dr. Poonam

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    I didn't even think to use that modifier. Thank you!

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