AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 2 (February)

Debridement of Multiple Sites (February 1997)

February 1997 page 7 Coding Tip Debridement of Multiple Sites To report debridement of multiple sites, CPT codes 11040-11044 may be used more than one time, for a single patient encounter. For each site, select the appropriate code based on the intensity of the wound. When reporting debridement of more than one site, the physician reports the secondary code (ie, the second code listed) with the -59 modifier appended, to indicate the different areas that were given attention. Code Descriptors 11040Debridement; skin, partial thickness 11041skin, full thickness 11042skin, and subcutaneous tissue 11043skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscle 11044skin, subcutaneous tissue...

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