AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2013 Issue 1

Surgical preparation for skin replacement surgery

We have received requests to clarify the appropriate reporting of the surgical preparation for skin replacement surgery CPT codes, specifically 15002-15005. This article will help to clarify whether or not debridement of a wound prior to skin replacement surgery justifies the reporting of the surgical preparation codes. As there is almost always some debride­ment and preparation involved when any skin graft application is performed, what determines if the debridement is inclusive or if it can be separately reported under the surgical preparation codes? In addition, is it appropriate to report surgical preparation codes for chronic wounds that are...

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