AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 3 (March)

Debridement Guidelines Update (March 2012)

March 2012 page 3 Debridement Guidelines Update This article addresses the changes in the 2012 debridement guidelines and how to correctly report multiple debridement procedures with the modifier 59, Distinct Procedural Service. The revised guideline now indicates that modifier 59 may be appended to debridement codes that are performed at different levels on different wounds. Modifier 59 would not be appended to the add-on codes 11045, 11046, or 11047, as was previously stated in the 2011 guidelines. Reporting Multiple Debridement Procedures When a single wound has multiple depths, one CPT code is reported based on the deepest level debrided...

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