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Suture Removal

Debra Posted Tue 28th of April, 2015 17:20:40 PM

Can the ED charge for a separate facility level charge for a return visit to remove sutures as it is the same ED who placed them? Wouldn't the charge be considered bundled into the original laceration repair charge?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 29th of April, 2015 00:43:48 AM

Yes, Removal of suture is included in the global period of the primary procedure and cannot be separately reimbursed. And if the removal of suture performed after the global period, it will be considered as a part of EM code.

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