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Question: Our surgeon saw an established patient in the office to examine a third-degree burn on the right calf. The surgeon determined that the tight burn surface was impacting circulation and required an escharotomy, which he performed. Can we report an E/M and the escharotomy, and should we use modifier 57 since the visit included a decision for surgery? Louisiana Subscriber [...]