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Outpatient Facility Coding Alert

Coding Update:
Use Musculoskeletal Codes for Deep Abscess I&D

Look beyond the skin section for coding abscess. When billing for abscess procedures, coders need to look beyond the integumentary (skin) section of the CPT® manual and use musculoskeletal codes when appropriate because these procedures reimburse at a higher rate than integumentary abscess codes. Sometimes, careful examination of the operative report may indicate that the surgeon went below the fascia [...]