11042 debridement

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Since 11042 is debridement of sub-q tissue to include epidermis and dermis would these be equivalent to "skin breakdown"?

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CodingKing

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Debridement requires depth and area to be documented. Skin breakdown is not enough information.

It could fall under debridement of skin 97597, 97598.
 

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If its says it was debrided down to the subq then you can use 11042. If otherwise see the parenthetical note. "Skin breakdown" is not document a depth and could easily mean dermis or epidermis only.

(For debridement of skin [ie, epidermis and/or dermis only], see 97597, 97598)
 
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