tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2005 Issue 6

READER QUESTIONS: Choose Wound Code by Body Surface Percentage

Question: The surgeon debrided two sites with infected decubiti. Should I report each site separately? Which code(s) should I report for this service?Idaho Subscriber Answer: As a first choice, you should look to the excision of decubiti codes (15920-15999). Select a code according to the location of the ulcer(s) and whether the surgeon also performs ostectomy (bone removal) or primary suture. You may report each excision separately, and that you may also report free skin grafts (15000-15261) if the surgeon uses a graft to close the wound or donor site.For example, the surgeon removes both a coccygeal...

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