AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Integumentary System (March 2008)

March 2008 page 14a Surgery: Integumentary System, 15220 (Q&A) Question: If simple skin debridement is performed prior to applying a free full-thickness skin graft on an arm, would that qualify for the surgical preparation code 15002 assignment in addition to code 15220? Answer: No. Simple debridement is included among the services described by code 15220. As stated in a September 1997 issue of CPT Assistant, the full thickness graft codes (15200-15261) include simple debridement of granulations and recent avulsions. Surgery: Integumentary System, 15220 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2008; March 2008 page 14a ...

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