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CPT Code 12032 | Description, Procedure & Billing Guidelines (2022)

Report CPT code 12032 for the intermediate repairs of cuts on the patient’s axillae, scalp, trunk, and/or extremities with a size between 2.6 to 7.5 cm.

1. What Is CPT Code 12032?

CPT 12032 covers the intermediate repair of wounds between 2.6 to 7.5 cm in size on the patient’s axillae, scalp, trunk, and/or extremities except for the feet and hands.

2. Description

The CPT book describes 12032 as follows: “Repair, intermediate, wounds of scalp, axillae, trunk and/or extremities (excluding hands and feet); 2.6 cm to 7.5 cm.”

3. Procedure

The 12032 CPT code procedure begins with prepping and draping, and the patient receives local anesthesia.

Then, the provider irrigates the wound with saline and performs debridement. They then repair the cut by bringing the wound edges together to form a linear closure.

Then, they use an absorbable suture to suture the inner layers of the patient’s skin (dermis, subcutaneous, and/or superficial fascia) before finally applying Dermabond to the wound.

4. How To Use CPT Code 12032

CPT 12032 can only be used for wounds ranging from 2.6 cm to 7.5 cm.

Check the physician chart notes to choose between simple repair codes (CPT 12001 to CPT 12021), and intermediate codes (CPT 12031 to CPT 12057). To avoid confusion, ask the physician to use specific terms that indicate the type of repair they performed. For example, deep layer suturing or layered closure.

Be aware of the differences between body groupings in the CPT codes because they can change according to the repair’s class. For example, CPT 12032 excludes feet and hands, but simple repairs (CPT 12001 to CPT 12007), include feet and hands.

The order of billing CPT code 12032 with other procedures can affect your practice revenue. CPT explains that you need to bill the most complicated laceration repair as a primary procedure followed by (a) secondary procedure(s) for less complicated codes. Try to be careful with appending modifier 51 because complicated procedures have a higher reimbursement rate and changing the order can impact revenue.

For example: A patient has three wounds. One wound of 2.9 centimeters on the knee needs layered closure, another wound of 1.1 centimeter on the right ear requires a simple laceration, and a 2.7 centimeters superficial wound on the right shoulder.

The example above needs to be billed as follows. You start by looking at the repairs that require a simple closure. Both wounds are in a different anatomic ground and should be reported separately. Use CPT 12002 for the repair of the shoulder, CPT 12011 for the ear, and CPT 12031 for the intermediate knee repair.

5. Resources

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