Q: Coding Escharotomy Code 16035 and 16036 – “Can you please provide some guidelines coding escharotomy code 16035 and 16036?” This is probably going to take a little bit more time, right?

Laureen: A: Well, just try and grab that first. Yeah, grab that 16035 in Find-A-Code. Let’s see if we can. I’m kind of familiar with teaching this from doing the Blitz. Escharotomy is basically where a wound, a really big wound is healing like a burn, and if you picture, if you ever had a scab, when if you’re not a scab picker and you let it heal, it will eventually start pulling the margins of the skin, it’ll hurt a little bit. So, picture a really bad scar, and what they’ll do is they’ll actually cut into the scar to release it, so it’s not an ectomy, they’re not removing it, they’re cutting into it.

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Alicia: Does that picture help?

Laureen: Yes.

Chandra: The difference between the two is initial and additional if that helps, the 35 and 36

Laureen: OK. For the additional… one cut to do a scar release. It’s the first code if they have to do an additional one then the 036 is an add-on.

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