ICD-10 Aftercare

grothrock

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If pt is seen for wound packing in the UC for thigh abscess HPI mentions pt had I&D 3 days prior, Provider documents Dressing change in the assessment, would it be correct to report Z48.8817 aftercare for surgery on the skin and sub q tissue, L02.415 abscess rt thigh. Or just the Z48.01 Encounter for change or removal of surgical wound dressing and L02.415? Thanks: confused::confused:
 

sara0014

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If pt is seen for wound packing in the UC for thigh abscess HPI mentions pt had I&D 3 days prior, Provider documents Dressing change in the assessment, would it be correct to report Z48.8817 aftercare for surgery on the skin and sub q tissue, L02.415 abscess rt thigh. Or just the Z48.01 Encounter for change or removal of surgical wound dressing and L02.415? Thanks: confused::confused:

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Bernadette10

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Aftercare

I think this sounds more like Z48.817 and Z48.01 (I think these can be coded together). The diagnosis can either be aftercare or the current problem/injury but not both.

7) Aftercare
Aftercare visit codes cover situations when the initial treatment of a disease has been performed and the patient requires continued care during the healing or recovery phase, or for the long-term consequences of the disease. The aftercare Z code should not be used if treatment is directed at a current, acute disease. The diagnosis code is to be used in these cases.
 
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