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Laceration Repair-Our patient was

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    Default Laceration Repair-Our patient was
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    Our patient was involved in an auto accident where he was the driver of a vehicle in that hit another car. Patient suffered a 3.2 cm laceration of the cheek bone, multiple contusions involving the knee and lower leg areas, several abrasions involving the right lower arm and possible concussion. The forehead wound was repaired using a layered closure. The abrasions were cleaned.

    I feel the CPT is 12052. Any thoughts?

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    Did the physician say it was an intermediate closure or describe it as a layered closure? If the physician did not then you can not code it as an intermediate closure.
    Could you post that portion of the OP note? That would be helpful.
    A. McCormick, CPC, CGSC
    Walters Surgical Associates

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    Yes, the physician did say it was a layered closure. Am I good with the 12052?

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    I would think so. One of the surgeons I work for also describes intermediate closure as layered closure. I thought he was the only one
    A. McCormick, CPC, CGSC
    Walters Surgical Associates

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