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silverdine applied to a sunburn

  1. #1
    daytona beach, Fl
    Exclamation silverdine applied to a sunburn
    Medical Coding Books
    Here goes, coders in our dept. are questioning whether a sunburn of second degree that is treated with silverdene can be charge a procedure treatment of burn. They say a burn is a burn and a sunburn is not a burn for burn treatment. Any ideas on this??

  2. #2
    Loma Linda
    Default Sunburn vs burn
    I personally thought at first no a sunburn is a sunburn and a burn is from anything else (chemical, flame, steam, etc), but after googling sunburn it is a burn from the sun on living tissue, such as skin. And sun is listed under burns although it does direct you to "sunburn". I didn't find an LCD or NCD that would indicate that it is not billable. IDK... good question. I'll watch this for other peoples opinions. Sorry I could be of any help.

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    sure you can. A second degree sunburn produces blisters the same as a second degree burn from hot liquid or hot object. No difference. One was just caused the by the sun, hence the word sunburn.

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