AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 12 (December)

Integumentary System Simple Repair, 17999 (Q&A) (December 1998)

December 1998 page 9a Coding Consultation Integumentary System Simple Repair, 17999 (Q&A) See Correction / Clarification Question Our emergency department frequently performs simple wound closure by staple or tissue glue techniques. Can these closures be coded to the 12001-12021 series for simple repair? AMA Comment Currently, CPT does not have a specific code to report closure by these methods. Therefore, you would use the unlisted procedure code, 17999, Unlisted procedure, skin, mucous membrane and subcutaneous tissue. Whenever using an unlisted code, you should also submit a copy of the operative report to the third-party payor. Integumentary System Simple...

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