AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: wound diagnosis code - help please!!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default wound diagnosis code - help please!!!

    AAPC: Back to School
    the documentation says the patient has a wound on the medial aspect of the rt calf, related to a local blunt injury about a month ago. Has clear fluid weeping from the anterior aspect of the calf. There is an area of skin necrosis and fluctuance in the area of the hematoma.
    Impression states "blunt trauma to right calf with hematoma and skin necrosis" and code 958.3 - posttraumatic wound infection, nec is marked.
    does anyone else agree with this code? Should I be using this 958.3 everytime we have a chronic wound that was initially caused by trauma?
    Mary Beth Gord, CPC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Kingsport, TN

    Default Post-op wound infection code

    You might look at the late effects codes. 906.X. From what you have shown the trauma happened "a month ago". Is it an open wound? If so, you might need to code from the open wound w/complication section and then the late effects code. I suppose if the wound is open because of surgery then the post-op code would be more appropriate but if the wound is open because of the trauma then the scenario I just mentioned would be more appropriate. Maybe someone else has a better suggestion for you. Good Luck!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-09-2014, 03:24 AM
  2. changing diagnosis code on claim when secondary denies the diagnosis code
    By taj0257@msn.com in forum Billing/Reimbursement
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-27-2013, 10:00 AM
  3. Diagnosis code for No Pathologic Diagnosis
    By benji1266 in forum Pathology & Clinical Laboratory
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-02-2013, 07:00 AM
  4. infected wound diagnosis..code cellulites?
    By mamagreen65 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-21-2010, 12:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.