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Audit wound debridement MS-DRGs before your RAC does

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2010

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Excisional debridement (ICD-9-CM procedure code 86.22) denotes surgical removal or cutting away of devitalized tissue, necrosis, or slough. The procedure may be performed in an operating room, ER, or at the patient's bedside, depending on the availability of a surgical suite and the extent of the area to be debrided. Nurses, therapists, physician assistants, or physicians may perform excisional debridement. When nonphysician practitioners perform the procedure, these providers must report 86.28.

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