In Coding
Jul 24th, 2019
Clinicians will soon be able to better identify and track deep pressure-induced tissue damage in their patients for surveillance and quality improvement purposes. Several new ICD-10-CM codes under category L89 Pressure ulcer clear up the confusion that was created between the diagnosis code set and promulgated clinical literature after the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel ...
ICD-10 coding relies on documenting stage, location, and sometimes laterality. Decubitus ulcers — also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers — develop as a result of compromised circulation to tissues of the skin. For example, when a patient stays in one position too long, the weight of the bones against the skin inhibits circulation and ...
In Coding
Jun 13th, 2016
Codes for pressure ulcers and non-pressure chronic ulcers are located in ICD-10-CM chapter 12, Disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The concept of laterality (e.g., left or right) is introduced, and should be included in the clinical documentation for skin ulcers. ICD-10-CM codes for Pressure ulcers, located in Category L89, are combination codes that ...
In Coding
Mar 22nd, 2016
Pressure ulcers also are known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers. Pressure ulcers are areas of damaged skin and tissue developing as a result of compromised circulation. When a patient stays in one position without movement, the weight of the bones against the skin inhibits circulation and causes an ulceration of the tissue. Pressure ulcers usually ...
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...