Have never run across this one, but it poses some interesting questions:
1. I don't think a simple closure applies, because this assumes repair is only superficial, and he is placing sutures subq.
2. I have been looking around, but I can't find a reason why you couldn't bill an intermediate repair. I don't see why using steri-strips to repair the superficial layer rather that sutures negates the fact that both layers of tissue were repaired. Nothing in the code descriptor indicates that sutures must be the method of repair, although it is a little unusual to use steri-strips rather than sutures.
Just my opinion.
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