Changes in reporting wound débridement

By Mary LeGrand, RN, MA CCS-P, CPC

This year, CPT 2011 introduced multiple changes in the reporting of wound care services associated with fractures, as well as wound care not associated with an open fracture and/or dislocation.

The online version of this article includes a summary chart (PDF), showing the code changes, that can serve as an easy reference for accurate reporting of wound care services. Highlights and key changes in the Integumentary System Section of 2011 CPT are covered in this article. Next month’s article will review changes in the Repair (Closure) Skin Replacement Section.

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