When dispensing surgical dressings, it is important that the dressing size is selected appropriately based on the size of the ulcer being treated. The dressing should be large enough to cover the entire ulcer. However, you cannot expect reimbursement for a dressing when a smaller size is available that could have covered the same ulcer.
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The short answer is… No. Medicare will not make separate payments for items dispensed during any inpatient stay in acute care hospitals, long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient psychiatric facilities, or critical access hospitals. Medicare makes payments to these entities via different payment systems and all payments made through these systems are considered […]
If you can’t dispense surgical dressings/wound care supplies to your inpatients, can you dispense supplies to your nursing home patients? Yes, you can! Dispensing wound care products to your nursing home patients allows you to control the wound care supplies your patients are receiving. It is also great for an additional revenue source. Dispensing wound […]
Surgical dressings can be used for all types of qualifying ulcers. This includes arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and pressure ulcers. It is important to use the correct diagnosis codes for each of these ulcer types. Diabetic foot ulcer codes should start with L97-. Stasis ulcer codes begin with I83-. L89- codes are […]
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 […]