Dr. Lehrman is in private practice in Fort Collins, CO and operates Lehrman Consulting, LLC. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and an Expert Panelist on Codingline. In his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice Department, Dr. Lehrman serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force. Dr. Lehrman sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS.
One of the most important steps to ensure clean billing of surgical dressings is the appropriate use of the A- modifier. The A- modifier must be used to indicate two things: Is the dressing billed for a primary or secondary dressing? How many wounds are being treated with the dispensed dressing? An important differentiation is […]
Does dispensing surgical dressings at the same encounter as an ulcer debridement count as an evaluation and management (E/M)? Short answer: Probably not. Longer answer: It depends. It depends on what was performed, documented, and medically necessary. You can submit an E/M at the same time as a debridement (or any procedure) if—and only if—an […]
The surgical dressings available from AMERX Health Care are only covered by a patient’s insurance if they are being used for a surgical wound or a debrided wound. This debridement can be surgical, mechanical, chemical or autolytic. When performing a surgical debridement, both the CPT code selection and ICD-10 code selection are important. CPT Coding […]
Some surgical dressings only have coverage for full thickness ulcers. These include alginates, foams, and hydrogels. When dispensing a dressing that is only covered for full thickness ulcers, it is important to not only document the presence of a full thickness ulcer, but also submit a diagnosis code that reflects the presence of a full […]
While some physicians may interchange the terms “ulcer” and “wound” as if they are synonyms, when it comes to ICD-10, your choice of words DOES matter! What is the Difference between a Wound and an Ulcer? In ICD-10 language, a “wound” is something traumatic. An “ulcer” refers to a break in the skin that fails […]
Can You Bill For Two Different Dressings For The Same Ulcer? The answer is… YES! When can you dispense two dressings for the same ulcer? When a primary dressing, like collagen powder, is dispensed and requires a secondary dressing for securement, you can dispense both the primary and secondary dressings for the same ulcer—and bill […]
Multiple surgical dressings can be combined to appropriately cover a wound, however there are dressing combinations that are not appropriate. Different surgical dressings have different indications and you should not combine two dressings that have different indications for the same wound. One example of something that should not be done is to use a dressing […]