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CPT 15850, Under Other Repair (Closure) Procedures on the Integumentary System

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 15850 as maintained by American Medical Association, is a medical procedural code under the range - Other Repair (Closure) Procedures on the Integumentary System.

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August 22, 2016

Both CPT® and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) consider suture removal to be part of a minor surgical procedure’s global package. If the same physician who placed the sutur... [ Read More ]

August 15, 2016

Both CPT® and CMS consider suture removal to be part of a minor surgical procedure’s global package. If the same physician who placed the sutures removes them during the original procedure’s g... [ Read More ]

August 01, 2014

Sometimes getting paid for additional work takes ingenuity. Q: In our family practice, I occasionally see documentation stating that one of our physicians removed sutures that were placed by anothe... [ Read More ]

September 30, 2013

Removal of sutures is usually not a separately billable service. An exception may occur if the patient must be placed under general anesthesia to remove the sutures (15850 Removal of sutures under ... [ Read More ]

November 01, 2012

By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC  In most circumstances, you would not code separately for suture removal. There isn’t a dedicated CPT® code for suture removal, and both the American Medical Associ... [ Read More ]

Hello everyone. I've recently started at a new practice and noticed the oncologists I work for don't always include the specific disease location in their history or assessment... [ Read More ]
Has the location of Healthcon in 2020 been announced yet? I know they have been alternating between Las Vegas and Orlando, but I am hoping that they choose a new city..
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Having a discussion in understanding " change of practice " vs " group practice " to correctly code providers established patients.

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Having a discussion in understanding " change of practice " vs " group practice " to correctly code providers established patients.

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Please review the following note:

Procedure:

Informed consent was obtained. Monitoring of the patient before, during and after the procedure was perfor... [ Read More ]
Please review the following note:

Procedure:

Informed consent was obtained. Monitoring of the patient before, during and after the procedure was perfo... [ Read More ]
I need some help from some of you E & M experts. I believe the review of systems posted below would be considered a complete of review of systems. I know you have to have 10... [ Read More ]
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I work for an FQHC/CHC and they are trying to catch missed revenue. I know a Pharmacist only encounter is 99211 (nonbillable in our setting). However, if they implement a proces... [ Read More ]