AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 6 (June)

Integumentary System, 16040, 16041, 16042 (Q&A) (June 1998)

June 1998 page 11-end Coding Consultation Integumentary System, 16040, 16041, 16042 (Q&A) Question If two burn wounds are excised from the arm and the leg, would you report code 16040 two times? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, codes 16040-16042 are intended to report the total body surface area wherein the burn wounds are excised. These codes use the "rule of nines" to report the total body surface area. For calculating a percentage of a body burned, the "rule of nines" divides the total body surface area into nine percent or multiples of nine percent segments. If...

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