Wound repair is one of the most common procedures performed by physicians in their offices and in Emergency Rooms.
There is an extensive selection of tariffs listed in the Integumentary System section of the Physician’s Manual which may be claimed in relation to wound repair.
Most minor primary repairs/closure of lacerations are claimed under tariff 0251:
0251* – Wound repair, (local anesthetic included) simple, any location
“Simple” repair generally means a one-layer repair of a superficial wound that involves only the epidermis, dermis or subcutaneous tissues without involvement of deeper structures.
Tariff 0251 may be claimed for a primary closure of a wound by any method,including steri-strips or glue.
Physicians are encouraged to review page D-7 of the Physician’s Manual for a listing of tariffs applicable to the repair of linear wounds that are large in size or more serious/complex in nature.
Updated: December 2016