AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 5 (May)

Integumentary System: Debridement (May 2011)

May 2011 pages 3-5 Integumentary System: Debridement In CPT 2011, comprehensive changes were made to the Excision and Debridement subsection of the Integumentary system (codes 11000-11047). This article discusses the changes to the Debridement subsection, including six revised codes, three new codes, two deleted codes, six new cross-references, four new instructional parenthetical notes, and new guidelines and definitions. Four Levels of Debridement In order to construct and categorize codes by surface area and depth, the codes were split into four levels of depth: Wound surface biofilm/epidermis/dermis Subcutaneous tissue Muscle or fascia Bone New and Revised Debridement Codes The new...

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