Coding Debridement with Grafts

Coding Debridement with Grafts

September 5, 2019

Question:
When can I report a debridement in addition to a graft?  I performed a simple debridement with a full thickness graft of the trunk and reported 15200 and coded also for the debridement, but my coder told me I could not report the debridement.  When can I report debridement separately?

Answer:
Debridement is considered a separately reportable procedure when gross contamination requires prolonged cleansing, when appreciable amounts of devitalized or contaminated tissue is removed, or when debridement is carried out separately without an immediate primary closure.  Your coder is correct simple debridement is included in the graft codes.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 09/05/19.

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