I do not code for the ER and never have, so my expertise is limited here.
But in general, if you perform a procedure that has a global period (10 days for abscess I&D for example), then routine "postoperative" care during the global period is covered in your reimbursement for the procedure.
So if a patient came in with an abscess, and the I&D was done by my provider, who charged for that service, I would NOT charge when the patient came back 5 days later for a check-up. I would code it as 99024 for tracking purposes.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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