Every procedure includes some basic E/M. If the patient is being scheduled for wound care, including debridement or dressing changes, then the fee for the procedure already includes the evaluation of the patient.
It would be inappropriate to code for an E/M visit separately for these routine evals accompanying a scheduled procedure.
On the other hand, if the patient presents for wound treatment and also complains about a separate issue that requires evaluation & management, by all means code the E/M and append the -25 modifier.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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