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 ...
Apr 1st, 2012
From A to Xenograph, specific language in the operative report should support the use of surgical prep codes. By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS CPT® 2012 adds new instruction and definitions for surgical preparation of skin graft recipient sites (15002-15005). The area over which a skin graft/replacement is laid must be free of infection or ...
Mar 1st, 2012
From preparation to closure, learn what’s new for CPT® skin replacement codes in 2012. Terri Brame, MBA, CPC, CGSC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CHC For 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) has replaced CPT® codes to describe skin replacement surgery, revised section guidelines related to those codes, and added a code for bioprosthetic soft tissue reinforcement. To ...