tci E/M Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 6

Reader Question: Track Post-Op Visits With 99024

Question: One of the doctors in our group saw a new patient in the emergency room for a dog bite. She sutured lacerations of the face. The patient came to our office one week later to see another of our doctors who removed the sutures. The second provider documented a 99213; however, shouldn’t this be a postop visit?  Minnesota Subscriber Answer: You cannot report suture removal if your physician was the operating physician who placed the sutures. Additionally, even if the second provider that did the suture removal is not the operating provider but both are in...

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