Suture Removal

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Question:

Is there a CPT code for removing sutures in the clinic?

Answer:

It depends on who put in the sutures. If you put them in and the repair was “intermediate” or “complex” per CPT guidelines, then you cannot charge for removing them because CMS has assigned a 10-day global period to these codes. If you put in the sutures but the repair performed was “simple,” then you may charge an E&M service (e.g., 99212). If someone else put them in (e.g., ER doctor) and the patient is sent to you for suture removal only then you may report an E&M service (e.g., 99201, 99212).