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    Default Burn Follow-up

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    I have a pt returning to a wound care clinic for care of 2nd degree burns of the left forearm with TBSA of 1.5%. The pt has dressings changed,with no anesthesia. He is to return in one week for additional treatment and eval. I'm trying to determine the dx codes to assign and sequence. I believe it should be V58.30 943.21 948.00

    However, some say just the V58.30 is coded, while others would list the Vcode last.

    Help!

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    Default Burn clinic

    Our burn clinic uses CPT 16020-16030
    Diagnosis is the burn (In your case 943.21 948.00)

    But our pediatric surgeons perform this service themselves ... not nursing staff.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Tessa B correct! In the ICD-9 coding guidelines it states that burns are coded as acute until healed.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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