AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2021 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Application of Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing

A patient presents for debridement of a full-thickness burn to the left lower leg. The provider performs excisional debridement down to and including fascia, and then covers the wound bed with a bioabsorbable wound dressing. The dressing consists of a biocompatible synthetic matrix placed onto the wound to provide a framework for the tissue to regenerate, temporarily closing the wound. Is this classified as wound dressing, skin replacement or other therapeutic substance? What is the appropriate ICD-10-PCS code for the application of a biodegradable wound dressing? ...

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