Question 11042

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My physician documented that they " Debridement of skin, partial-thickness including dermal tissue was performed, #15 scalpel used to remove all non-viable soft tissue from ulcer base and ulcer periphery." Does that qualify as skin & subQ tissue? Just trying to verify the wording used to support 11042. Thanks!
 

podcoder70

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To bill a 11042, the doctor would have debrided "down into and including subq tissue". What he/she documented sounds more like a 97597 "Debridement (eg, high pressure waterjet with/without suction, sharp selective debridement with scissors, scalpel and forceps), open wound (eg, fibrin, devitalized epidermis and/or dermis, exudate, debris, biofilm), including topical application(s), wound assessment, use of whirlpool, when performed and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per session; total wound(s) surface area; first 20 sq cm or less".
 
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