AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 4 (April)

Integumentary, 11010-11012 (Q&A) (April 1997)

April 1997 page 10c Coding Consultation Integumentary, 11010-11012 (Q&A) Question Does an open fracture have to be present in order to report the fracture debridement codes, or can they be reported for a closed fracture? AMA Comment While the debridement codes are intended to be reported in cases of an open fracture, there may be examples when debridement is necessary to treat a fracture site when no open fracture is present. Per official ICD-9 CM coding guidelines, fractures can be defined as follows. Closed Fracture: A fracture that does not produce an open wound in the skin. Open...

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