AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 5 (May)

Surgery Integumentary System, Percentage of Body Area (Q&A) (May 1999)

May 1999 page 10b Coding Consultation Surgery Integumentary System 2, 15001 (Q&A) A 10-year-old child is scheduled to undergo tangential excision of burn wounds to the right and left feet. Should the percentage of body area be used in determining the appropriate code? AMA Comment The percentage of body area of burns applies to children under the age of 10. Therefore, the excisional preparation of this child's burn prior to skin grafting should be coded to the measurement of the excisional site in centimeters. The measurement of centimeters applies to the burn wounds of adults and children age...

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