tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 10

Reader Question: Code 10060 for Simple Drainage of Abscess

Question: The provider entered an abscess pocket and noticed the presence of pus. He aspirated it completely, and also debrided any necrotic tissue constantly irrigating the area. What would be the correct code for the drainage of an abscess and debridement? Florida Subscriber Answer: You may use the CPT® code 10060 (Incision and drainage of abscess [eg, carbuncle, suppurative hidradenitis, cutaneous or subcutaneous abscess, cyst, furuncle, or paronychia]; simple or single). In this procedure, the physician excises all of the inflamed fatty tissues within the cavity and drains the pus completely. If the procedure was complicated involving multiple incisions...

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