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Ensuring Proper Wound Care Service Coding: OIG Highlights Need for Organizations to Assess Wound Care Coding Practices

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007

This year the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued two reports relating to wound care services and Medicare payments. As the OIG has included wound care services as part of its 2007 work plan, coding and HIM professionals should review each report and re-assess their organization̵....

Coding Debridement Procedures

Author: McCullough, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: January 2008

Coding debridement procedures can be difficult-even for the most experienced coding professional. Recent studies have documented inappropriate coding of debridement procedures that have resulted in millions of dollars in overpayments.

This article offers guidance on the app....

Pain-free Wound Care Coding

Author: Endicott, Melanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010

Wound care diagnoses and procedures can be challenging to code. In order for coders to code them correctly, clinicians must document diagnoses and procedures appropriately and thoroughly. Open communication between coders and clinicians can help facilitate better documentation.


Outpatient Wound Care – Keys to Getting Paid

Author: Hapner, Peggy

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Ever since the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) system was launched, hospitals have struggled to receive the full appropriate reimbursement for outpatient wound care. Why? In many cases, the facility lacks adequate documentation to support coding and billing. And increasingly, medical n....

External Cause Codes in ICD-10-CM

Author: Fuller, Jan C.

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: August 2014

The increased specificity in ICD-10-CM is reflected in a substantial increase in external cause codes. The traditional “E code” has been replaced with V, W, X and Y codes. While the purpose of the codes remains the same, the ICD-10-CM codes provide a level of detail not possible in ICD-9-....

Charts versus Discharge ICD-10 Coding for Sternal Wound Infection Following Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Author: Southern, Danielle A; Doherty, Christopher; De Souza, Michael A; Quan, Hude; Harrop, Robertson; Nickerson, Duncan; Rabi, Doreen

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2015


Background: Sternal wound infection (SWI) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) can carry a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. The objective of this work is to describe the methods used to identify cases of SWI in an administrative databa....