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Suture Removal

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    Does anybody know if there is a code for suture removal when the sutures were put in by a different doctor? There was no anesthesia involved and the only suture removal codes I can find is when the patient is under anesthesia (other than local). I'm wondering if it is automatically bundled into the post-operative package and there is no code? Just curious to see what others are doing in this situation! Thanks for the help!!

    -Amy

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    Normally, this is included in the E/M; however, S0630 does exist.

    S0630=Removal of sutures by a physician other than the physician who originally closed the wound.

    Many carriers do not pay for this so check their policy...

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    Awesome, thanks so much!

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    The global period applies ONLY to the physician who sutured the wound (and to his/her partners or allied health professionals in the same specialty/same practice).

    You can code the documented E/M level for your services.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    We code with the appropriate documented E & M code if not put in by us.
    [I]Rhonda L. Long, CPC
    The Paxton Clinic
    227 N. Market St.
    Paxton, IL 60957
    217-379-4840[/I]

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