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    Wound closure with dermabond, would I just code and E/M or a simple closure 12011? Not sure on the coding of dermabond.

    thx for any help

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    Default CPT Guidelines

    When in doubt, read the coding guidelines in CPT. 2010 CPT Professional Edition, page 64, first paragraph under Repair (Closure): "Use the codes in this section to designate wound clsoure utilizing sutures, staples, or tissue adhesives ..."

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    North Carolina


    I just want to add that Medicare has a code for tissue adhesives- G0168

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    I guess it is a little late for me to reply to this, but thought I would anyway. I had this same questions once and asked one of the ladies that have been here for 27 years. You would use the repair codes 12001-12018. dermabond is an adhesive , and in the description it mentions the use of an adhesive. Yes and if it is a medicare patient do not forget the G0168(dermabond)

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    Thank you very much for the feed backs.
    The cpt code wthin the range of 12001- 12018; and supportive G0168.
    but the answer to her point came from FTessa B and I greatly appreciate that an dvery very helpful,
    because it has the proper guideline :Wound Closure utilizing adhesive strips

    So that gives the answer- meaning, it should be coded using the appropriate E/M code.
    But with your kind permission, FTessabartels, just a flip around of the page - it is in Page 58 and not 64.

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