AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery/Integumentary System (January 2002)

January 2002 page 10b Coding Consultation Integumentary System, Surgery, 12001-12021, 12031-12057 (Q&A) Question My doctor performed closure of a laceration, which extended into the subcutaneous tissue. Should this be reported as a simple or intermediate repair? AMA Comment Simple repair requires a simple onelayer closure involving the epidermis or dermis, or subcutaneous tissues without significant involvement of deeper structures. Intermediate repair involves layered closure of one or more of the deeper layers of subcutaneous tissue and superficial (non-muscle) fascia, in addition to the skin (epidermal and dermal) closure. Therefore, if a one-layer closure was performed, then the repair...

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