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Podiatry Coding & Billing Alert

Readers Questions:
Don't Go Hunting for Modifier 55 for Every Suture Removal

Question: An established patient visited a podiatrist in another state because of a laceration to his foot. The physician sutured the cut and told him to follow up later. He visited our office for the suture removal. During the visit, the provider removed the stitches, cleaned and rebandaged the area. How should I report the encounter? What if the first encounter [...]