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Billing for a suture removal after global period has ended

Kathy Posted Tue 29th of January, 2013 18:16:08 PM

The Ophthamologist I work for performed a corneal transplant on a patient 2 years ago. The patient is having the sutures removed in the office. Can I bill for an E/M visit and a sutural removal and if so what is the CPT code to use for the removal?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 30th of January, 2013 21:14:08 PM

Normally, the surgeon who does a corneal transplant does not bill for removing sutures if the sutures even need to be removed. However, the world of coding is replete with situations that fall outside the norm. If the removal or adjustment is done in the office, an office-visit code(E/M) could, of course, be charged.There isnt a code for removing sutures.

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