AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2015 Issue 1

Reporting of debridement procedures

Debridement procedures are performed for a variety of reasons but primarily to reduce the potential for complications that can become life threatening (e.g., sepsis, embolism, gas gangrene, hemorrhage) and to assist in healing. 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. The proper coding of debridement can prove to be challenging when making the decision of whether the debridement is inherent to the primary procedure or not, since debridement procedures are often inherent and...

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