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Orthopedic Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Clear Away Your Debridement Questions

Question: May I bill debridement if the physician documents no gross contamination? The physician reduced an open tibia fracture, applied an external fixator, and performed irrigation and debridement. Minnesota Subscriber Answer: The basic answer to this is “yes.” Your payer will most likely allow you to report the appropriate debridement code from the 11010-11012 series (Debridement including removal of foreign material associated [...]