AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 6 (June)

Using the New Wound Exploration Codes (June 1996)

June 1996 pages 7-8 Clinical Vignettes Using the New Wound Exploration Codes Before 1996, the only way to report trauma services was to use an unlisted procedures code or the existing code, which neither adequately nor accurately described the procedures. CPT 1996 contains four new codes associated with wound exploration. These codes were added to more accurately reflect current clinical practice related to trauma services. The New Codes The Wound Exploration codes are listed as follows: 20100Exploration of penetrating wound (separate procedure); neck 20101chest 20102abdomen/flank/back 20103extremity The new codes (located in the beginning of the Musculoskeletal section) relate to...

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