Coding Tip: Debridement Coding in ICD-10-PCS

Debridement is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing of remaining healthy tissue. Debridement may be excisional or non-excisional in coding and include autolytic debridement, enzymatic debridement, mechanical debridement, surgical debridement and maggot therapy. Trying to determine if a surgical debridement is excisional can sometimes be tricky for a coder.

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Coding Tip: PDX Selection in OB Records

Selection of PDX on Delivery Records- The condition that prompted the admission or main circumstances of admission would be the PDX. The only time that the complication of delivery would be the PDX is if the patient was admitted for routine pregnancy and no delivery and then a complication occurs. See pages 3-8 of CC 1Q2016 for further explanation and examples.

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