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Depend on 1 Unit for Deep and Superficial I&D

Question: Which codes should we report for an incision and drainage of a lumbar wound that occurred following a patient’s fusion? The infection was both deep and superficial.
Kentucky Subscriber Answer: You should report 22015-78 (Incision and drainage, open, of deep abscess [subfascial], posterior spine; lumbar, sacral, or lumbosacral; Return to the operating room for a related procedure [...]