Coding, Classification and Reimbursement

Coding Burn Sites from pictures

  • 1.  Coding Burn Sites from pictures

    Posted 02-07-2019 10:48
    ​​Hello all
    Current question from our coding team:  is it ok to code burn sites from pictures?  Not depth or degree, just the specific site.  For example, if the physician says the patient burned their left hand and the picture shows the palm of the hand and several fingers, would you only code burn of left hand or would you use the picture and code palm of left hand with the specific fingers identified?  This would be for both IP and OP.

    Appreciate knowing what others are doing and if there is anything written about this.  Thanks -

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    Lynn A. Wall, RHIT, CCS
    Interim Coding Supervisor
    Maricopa Integrated Health System
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