Escharotomy Procedural Cross-Walking CPT to ICD-10-PCS

by  Brandon Dee Leavitt QCC, CMCS, CPC, EMT
November 10th, 2017

An Escharotomy is used for "local treatment of burned surface" per the AMA Guidelines, when incisions are performed on the burn site. Notice, when cross-walking 16035 or 16036 to inpatient codes, Find-A-Code crosswalks lead to Body System HOperation 8 - Division of the skin, and Operation N - Release of the skin.

A division or release of the skin would be a more literal crosswalk of an Escharotomy; however, Body Systems J, W, X, and Y provide less-direct crosswalk options: insertion, inspection, and revision of body parts or tissue substitutes. These codes represent circumstances a physician might come across while performing an Escharotomy (i.e., running into a synthetic tissue substitute in the subcutaneous tissue, and performing a revision), but do not necessarily represent the actual performing of the Escharotomy. As previously stated, the Escharotomy is represented by Body System HOperation 8 - Division of the skin, and Operation N - Release of the skin.

References:

Escharotomy Procedural Cross-Walking CPT to ICD-10-PCS. (2017, November 10). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/escharotomy-procedural-cross-walking-to-icd-10-pcs-32542.html

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