AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2007 Issue 4

Reporting hospital wound care services

The coding and reporting of outpatient hospital wound care services can be a challenge. Wounds can be inflicted by accidental injury such as burns, punctures, and cuts, but wounds can also be induced passively or intentionally. Any break in the skin, regardless of cause, provides a potential site for serious infection. Some of the various types of wounds that require wound care management are: * Pressure ulcers* Diabetic wounds* Burns* Surgical wounds* Traumatic wounds A serious problem is that wounds contain bacteria that can cause infection. The prevention of infection is critical to the successful healing process of any...

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