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    Default Wound Vac change with Office Visit ???

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    I am new to the Wound Vac Therapy world....is it allowed with an office visit?
    Would love some information...thanks!

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    Apr 2007
    Kokomo, IN

    Default wound vac

    If you go to the search feature at the top, you may find several other posts concerning wound vac. Some say it's okay to charge, other's say not so much. We (at our facility) do not charge a wound vac with an office visit or with any other procedure performed. We make a decision as to whether the vac should be charged or an E/M depending on documentation.

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    Thanks so much! It's great to get the input...

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Purpose of the visit

    If the purpose of the visit is for wound vac dressing, and no other issues are addressed, then NO significant, separately identifiable E/M has occurred, so you would not charge for the office visit ... only the wound vac.

    If the purpose of the visit is for wound vac dressing, and some completely different issue is raised and addressed (e.g. sinusitis), then you can charge the office visit with mod 25 (and appropriate diagnosis) ... be sure your documentation clearly supports a significant, separately identifiable E/M.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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