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    We report ICD-9 code V58.32 for suture removal. Would you also add a secondary for the open wound as well?

    A provider of mine feels that the wound code will be necessary in order to be reimbursed for the V code. I think that wound would be considered healed by the removal of the sutures.

    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P
    Compliance Auditor

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    If you put the sutures in they must come out... at no charge. If you are removing sutures another provider placed, then an E/M code. I would just use the V58.32, it is what it is! -you are correct, you would no longer code an open wound code as it no longer exists.

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    Suture removal -V58.32 as a primary one, i think there is no need of coding the open wound as it no longer exits.

    Nalini CPC

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