AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2018 Issue 1

The dirt on debridement

An article on debridement procedures was previously published in the First Quarter 2015 issue of Coding Clinic for HCPCS. However, questions regarding debridement procedures continue to be submitted to the office for review and resolution. Therefore, we are publishing this information due to the importance of the issue and continued interest in hopes of addressing your concerns. Reporting of debridement procedures Debridement involves the removal of necrotic (dead), infected, damaged, or contaminated tissue in varying degrees. There are different debridement techniques performed for the removal of all tissue necessary to establish a viable margin. These debridement procedures are performed...

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