by Brandon Dee Leavitt QCC, CMCS, CPC, EMT
November 10th, 2017
An Escharotomy is used for "local treatment of burned surface" per the AMA
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 H, Operation 8 - Division of the skin, and Operation N - Release of the skin.