In Coding
Jun 7th, 2019
Approximately every minute, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. According to the American Burn Association, an estimated 486,000 hospital admissions and visits to hospital emergency departments occur annually for burn evaluation and treatment in the United States. The likelihood for a medical coder to have to code ...
In ICD-10
Feb 15th, 2016
The 2016 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting state, “Categories T31 [Burns classified according to extent of body surface involved] and T32 [Corrosions classified according to extent of body surface involved] are based on the classic ‘rule of nines’ in estimating body surface involved.” The rule of nines, for adult patients, assigns 1 percent ...
In Coding
Feb 15th, 2016
Codes to report local treatment of burns, and many skin grafting procedure codes, specify the total body surface area (TBSA) treated. For example, 16020 describes, “Dressing and/or debridement of partial thickness burns, initial or subsequent; small (less than 5% total body surface area).” Similarly, 15115 specifies, “Epidermal autograft, face, scalp, eyelids, mouth, neck, ears, orbits, ...
Feb 1st, 2014
An updated classification system changes how you may apply burn treatment and skin graft codes. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2014 incorporates a major update for coding local treatment of burns (16000-+16036) and skin grafting used for burn care (15100-+15157). Although the codes and descriptors are unchanged, a newly applied classification system affects how ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Get the proper reimbursement for burn treatment in the physician’s office. By Charlene Endre-Burgett, MS-HCM, CMA, CPC, CPM-MCS, CMSCS How often does your practice see a patient with the common sunburn? Or, someone whose burn resulted in a blister? Burn coding is often forgotten in the physician practice setting, which leaves money on the table. ...