In Coding
Aug 12th, 2019
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The more familiar you are with burn injuries and documentation, the easier it is to code the cases. Burn coding is challenging and requires you to consider multiple factors. Proper coding and documentation require an understanding of the types of burns, estimating burn extent based on age, and being familiar with how this estimation varies ...
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 ...
Look for three things in the documentation to accurately report encounters in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. 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. An estimated 30,000 more individuals are hospitalized at burn centers for treatment ...
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. ...