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Pay-per-view: Wound care coding revisions part of CPT surgery changes

APCs Insider, February 11, 2011

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The AMA added 62 new CPT® codes in the surgery section and revised 55 other codes. The 2011 update includes extensive changes to the integumentary system and revised guidelines for skin replacement surgery and skin substitutes. The AMA also significantly changed the cardiac catheterization and revascularization codes.

Integumentary system
The majority of the integumentary system changes involve debridement. The AMA deleted the codes for skin-only debridement (11040 and 11041). “In order to use the codes in the integumentary section, it needs to go down to the subcutaneous level,” says Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCS-P, MHP, president and CEO of ComplyCode in Binghamton, NY.

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