Changes in reporting wound débridement—2

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

Last month, AAOS Now reported on the changes made to the Integumentary System section of CPT 2011 in the reporting of wound care services. This month’s column reviews changes in the same section regarding skin repair (closure) and replacement.

Guideline changes
Specific guideline clarifications and changes were made to the complex repair and débridement services. These clarifications and changes relate to the code changes covered in last month’s article (wound débridement not associated with open fracture or dislocation and excisional débridement with open fracture), as well as to other code changes in the skin substitute/skin replacement section.

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