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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 ]

In the A/P the provider puts: E11.21-T2DM w/diabetic nephropathy E11.42-T2DM w/ diabetic polyneuropathy morning FBS 160-200 Plan: increase Levemir to 10 U daily My question. The provider documented ... [ Read More ]
I am working on some Medicare Dermatology claims. It was billed with 11302 and 11302-59. Is there a better way to code this to get reimbursement? Medicare is denying the first 11302 without a modifier... [ Read More ]
Provider documents Morbid obesity - E66.01, (HCC), 50 minutes spent with the patient, with over 50% of that spent on discussion of morbid obesity, her attempts at weight loss, the risks and benefits ... [ Read More ]
We have a patient who had a skin lesion removed. Then the patient came in within that global period for an office visit separate from the skin lesion removal. During this office visit, the patient had... [ Read More ]
The official rule is No Modifiers on Unlisted codes. Which makes sense as far as pricing modifiers like -22 or -52. But what about -26 for unlisted radiology or lab procedures? Or -62, Co-surgeons on ... [ Read More ]
Our provider performed a lumbar RFA 64635 on the Right side, this has a 10 day global period. He then scheduled the patient to come back in 7 days (during global period of Right side RFA) to perform ... [ Read More ]
The doctor performed a salivary duct cannulation, salivary duct dilation, sialendoscopy, and salivary duct kenalog injection. I have code 42650 for the salivary duct dilation and I can't find a code f... [ Read More ]
The doctor performed a salivary duct cannulation, salivary duct dilation, sialendoscopy, and salivary duct kenalog injection. I have code 42650 for the salivary duct dilation and I can't find a code f... [ Read More ]
The doctor performed a salivary duct cannulation, salivary duct dilation, sialendoscopy, and salivary duct kenalog injection. I have code 42650 for the salivary duct dilation and I can't find a code f... [ Read More ]
The doctor performed a salivary duct cannulation, salivary duct dilation, sialendoscopy, and salivary duct kenalog injection. I have code 42650 for the salivary duct dilation and I can't find a code f... [ Read More ]