AMA CPT® Assistant - 2016 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery: Integumentary System (Q&A) (July 2016)

July 2016 page 8 Surgery: Integumentary System Question: According to the definition published in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, complex repair "includes the repair of wounds requiring more than layered closure, viz scar revision, debridement, extensive undermining, stents or retention stents." Given this definition, does "trimming of the skin margins with a scalpel or scissors" (ie, de-bevel the wound) performed with a layered closure support reporting a complex repair? Answer: No, trimming of the skin margins with a scalpel or scissors would be insufficient to make this a complex repair. The debridement needs to be...

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