tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2015 Issue 4
You Be the Coder: Know How to Wrap the Wound
Question: A patient was seen for wound care of a stage-2 for both her right heel and left shin x 2. Can we use the wound care code 97602 with modifier 50? Oklahoma Subscriber Answer: Before selecting the procedure code, verify whether the physician performed debridement with surgical instruments. For example, you can use CPT® code 97602 (Removal of devitalized tissue from wound[s], non-selective debridement, without anesthesia [e.g., wet-to-moist dressings, enzymatic, abrasion], including topical application[s], wound assessment, and instruction[s] for ongoing care, per session) for removal of devitalized tissue from wounds when the physician performs...
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