In Coding
Apr 24th, 2014
1. Codes describing excision debridements deeper than skin only are organized by depth: subcutaneous tissue (includes epidermis and dermis, if performed) – 11042 Debridement, subcutaneous tissue (includes epidermis and dermis, if performed); first 20 sq cm or less and 11045 … each additional 20 sq cm, or part thereof (List separately in addition to code ...
In Coding
Mar 3rd, 2014
Correct coding of surgical debridement (11042-11047) requires documentation of both the measurement of the wound surface area after debridement and the depth of tissue that is removed. To avoid claims submission errors, denials for insufficient documentation, and potential overpayments, educate your clinicians to document these measurements as standard operating procedures for surgical debridement...
Jan 1st, 2013
By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Differentiate excision from debridement for proper CPT® assignment. Bedsores—properly called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers—typically result when a patient lies immobile for lengthy periods. The body’s own weight creates pressure points, especially over bony protuberances (such as the coccyx), which restrict blood flow and eventually lead to tissue necrosis. Althoug...
In Billing
Jun 1st, 2012
Correct coding of surgical debridement (11042-11047) requires documentation of both the measurement of the wound surface area after debridement and the depth of tissue that is removed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor Palmetto GBA has issued a primer on proper coding for 11042-11047, and wants you to know, “The measurement and ...
Jun 1st, 2011
Don’t let stringent requirements make you a RAC target. By Vickie Balistreri, BA, RHIA, CPC, CPC-H, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” I think this nicely summarizes the importance of using the “right words” ...