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    If patient is seen for suture removal a few days after a procedure and the procedure does not have a 10 or 90 day global are we allowed to charge for the nurse visit to remove the sutures and apply a new dressing?

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    Coastal Coders


    If our office performed the procedure we do not charge for suture removal regardless of the global status.

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default 0 Global days

    If the original procedure had 0 global days, then your next encounter with the patient is coded based on the documentation for that visit .... in your case the appropriate level E/M looks like it would most likely be 99211.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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