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simple debridement vs. graft prep

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    hey everyone,
    can I please get someone to explain difference between simple debridement and the prep codes? I think that my surgeons are not properly documenting their surgeries and that they are actually just doing simple debridement, but the explanation for the prep codes include simple debridement.
    to say the least, I'm confused! please help.....
    Malama pono,

    Sundae Yomes
    CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGIC, CGSC, CCS-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundaey View Post
    hey everyone,
    can I please get someone to explain difference between simple debridement and the prep codes? I think that my surgeons are not properly documenting their surgeries and that they are actually just doing simple debridement, but the explanation for the prep codes include simple debridement.
    to say the least, I'm confused! please help.....
    reply:
    Debridement is the removal of loose, devitalized, necrotic and/or contaminated tissue, foreign bodies, and other debris on the wound, using mechanical or sharp techniques-
    Debridement codes: 11000-11042

    15002-15005 codes describe burn, open wound or scar preparation and management that may be necessary before the grafts are placed on the recipient site.

    Since the procedure performed is debridement, code first the debridement.
    Moreover, with lack of documentation evidence, we cannot go for other codes.

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