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Tip of the week: Use caution when assigning HCPCS skin substitute codes

APCs Insider, April 18, 2008

Be careful when assigning HCPCS skin substitute codes; the number of units should be equal to the number of square centimeters to which the substitute applied. Also check the skin substitute application CPT code descriptions. The number of units is not the same for all skin substitute application codes, said Kathleen D. Schaum, MS, president of Kathleen D. Schaum & Associates, Inc., in Lake Worth, FL. Be sure the physicians document these procedures completely, including his or her choice of fixation. Your Medicare contractor might specify a minimal level of fixation.

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