11042-11047 Area of Partial Debridement

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

This is my first post and question, I apologize if it is in the wrong forum section.

My question is in regards to measuring the area of a debridement. From what I have read, it is measured by the "depth and the surface area of the wound".

My question is what if only a partial section of the overall wound was debrided? I cannot locate in any NCD, LCD or CPT guidelines advising me to only measure the area debrided. Noridian LCD and CPT state "depth and surface area of the wound". I recall in past training and AAPC articles it advised to only measure the area debrided. Reimbursement varies greatly upon this measurement. I would like to know where I can find source material stating how to measure partial debridements.

Thank You.

Brian
 
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It is dated 2011 from the AMA CPT, It has the "only actual area of debridement" statement but, that phrase is not in any current relevant guidelines that I can find.

Is there anything current from strong source material that may state what I am suspecting?

Thank you for the reply!!

-Brian
 
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