tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2014 Issue 6

Burn Coding: Don't Get Burned When Reporting Burn Cases

Tip: Focus on degree and percentage affected. An insight to types of burns and a summarization of 4-step procedure to code your burned cases will help in smooth reimbursement process. Dig Into the Depth and Degree of Burn There are six degrees of burns, based on severity. We’ll focus on first- and second-degree burns and coding, as they are relevant in an outpatient setting.  A first-degree burn is a superficial burn of the outermost layer of skin, or epidermis. Though painful, there is no blistering and the function of the skin is not compromised. The skin turns...

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