Author Topic: Delay Suture of Tendon  (Read 61 times)

nli

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Delay Suture of Tendon
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:55:12 AM »
Hello,

Trying to determine the amount of time that is permitted for a procedure to be listed as "delay suture of tendon". How long does the delay account for; would it be 3 weeks since injury or 6 weeks since initial injury. The code I am between is 83.62 and 83.88.

Thank you for the help!

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Re: Delay Suture of Tendon
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 08:01:38 AM »
The 83.62 seems to be more specific and matches what you have described.  It doesn't mention time of the delay, just "delay suture of tendon"  But I'm confused as to why you are using ICD9, instead of ICD10.
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Re: Delay Suture of Tendon
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 12:50:23 PM »
Thank you for the insight. I am doing some historical work with codes from the practice.

Essentially is there any guidance on how much time is allowed for one to bill "delay suture of tendon" - - does anyone have a reference for this?