tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2008 Issue 1

Determine TBSA Before Coding 2nd-Degree Burn Encounters

-Rule of Nines- is not just for ICD-9 codingYour physician will certainly treat her share of first- and second-degree burn patients. So you should focus on the ins and outs of coding these burn encounters.Why? ED physicians rarely treat more-severe burns. When a patient reports with third- or fourth-degree burn, your physician will most likely examine the patient and call in a specialist to handle treatment. Check for E/M on Burn Encounters Burn patients who present to the ED almost universally receive a separate E/M service before burn treatment, says Maria Narvaez, RHIT, CCS-P, manager of coding...

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