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Q/A: Report CPT code for procedure, bill supply charge for adhesive

APCs Insider, April 16, 2010

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Q: How should we report DERMABOND® wound repair? Does this differ depending on whether the patient is covered by Medicare or another third-party payer?

A: The 2005 OPPS final rule indicates that coding staff should report a simple repair using DERMABOND with CPT codes 12001–12021 for the procedure and bill the wound adhesive as a supply item. CMS no longer allows use of G0168 (wound closure utilizing tissue adhesive[s] only) for DERMABOND but allows—and we encourage—hospitals to report supply items with 27x range revenue codes.
 
Codes 12001–12007 denote simple repair of superficial wounds of scalp, neck, axillae, external genitalia, trunk, and/or extremities (including hands and feet).  
 
Codes 12011–12018 denote simple repair of superficial wounds of face, ears, eyelids, nose, lips, and/or mucous membranes.
 
Editor’s note: The question and answer originally appeared in the April issue of our sister publication, APC Answer Letter.



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