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Steri Strip Closure - HELP

  1. Question Steri Strip Closure - HELP
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    Need some clarification - on wound closure with steri strips without sutures.
    I am in some dispute at work. Some feel we can use the 12001-3160 for wound repairs. I was under the impression we could only use the E&M code.

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    Hi Mona,

    Wound repair using adhesive strips only (and no tissue adhesive like Dermabond used) is captured in the E/M code.

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    Mona,

    I forgot to mention to look at the instructions under Repair (Closure) of the Surgery/Integumentary System in your CPT codebook.

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    If we use E/M code for the wound repair accomplished with steri-strips, can we bill for those supplies? I'm looking for HCPCS code for the steri-strips...

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    Unfortunately when steri-strips are used alone to close the wound you can only bill the E/M. You can not bill for the supplies as that is part of the E/M. Sorry.
    Stephanie Livingston, CPC

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    Default Steri-Strips + Dermabond
    For a closure that uses both, which code would you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkolousek View Post
    If we use E/M code for the wound repair accomplished with steri-strips, can we bill for those supplies? I'm looking for HCPCS code for the steri-strips...
    Did you ever get this answer?

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