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  Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
rkmc
Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 1:05 PM

 
nmaguire
re: Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 1:10 PM
No, it is included in E/M (ex, 99211)

 
mwalters23
re: Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 1:49 PM
Unless anesthesia is involved I would bill as an office visit w/dx code for post op aftercare and use a 55 modifier to show that the procedure was done by another physician.

 
nmaguire
re: Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 2:20 PM
Sorry, modifier 55 cannot go on an E/M code.

 
mwalters23
re: Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 2:25 PM
[Sorry, modifier 55 cannot go on an E/M code.]

I have billed like this before and have been paid accordingly.

 
rkmc
re: Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 3:05 PM
I agree modifier 55 and E/M don't go together.

 
karentoth
re: Does anyone know if there is a CPT® code for suture removal, when the sutures are given by another physcian? I read in a blog that SO603 (HCPCS code) is used, but not sure how true it is? Thanks
Posted:
Aug 9 2012, 8:09 PM
It is inappropriate use to append modifier 55 to an E&M code. You may have been paid, but look forward to giving that money back if your audited and use it on a routine basis.

 

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