AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 9 (September)

Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (September 2008)

September 2008 page 11a Medicine: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97602 (Q&A) Question: May code 97602 be reported when the type of nonexcisional debridement is performed using biological larvae (ie, maggots)? Answer: Yes. Sterile, biological larvae (ie, maggots) may be used as a means to remove devitalized tissue. Therefore, code 97602 may be reported for this type of nonexcisional debridement. To further clarify, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Transmittal 5, dated November 19, 2004, included maggot therapy as a type of "debridement." The following is excerpted from that Transmittal: "Debridement"- Debridement is the removal of devitalized/necrotic...

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