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Eliminate confusion about wound debridement coding

Physician Practice Perspective, January 14, 2004

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Every wound requires a unique debridement procedure based on its severity. Each unique debridement procedure requires a different code. The wound type and severity determine who handles the debridement, says Susan Welch, CPC, coder for HCA Healthcare in Nashville, TN. "The procedure is usually performed by ancillary personnel at the practice or office, but sometimes the physician likes to perform the initial debridement."

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