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...
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” ...
Feb 1st, 2011
New debridement codes and revised descriptors will help to capture services accurately By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I Revisions to CPT® 2011 for integumentary-related services involve three families of debridement codes. Debridement is the removal of dead or infected tissue to improve healing of remaining, healthy tissue. ...