Review the Official Coding Guidelines for chapter-specific rules for coding pressure ulcer stages.
Review the coding of pressure or decubitus ulcers based on the body location and the stage of the ulcer. Review the descriptions of the four ulcer stages.
Why is this important? How are the “combination codes” used? How is staging determined?
How does the stage of pressure ulcer impact length of stay, present on admission, and other reimbursement issues? What does a coder need to know in coding these particular diagnoses?
Be specific in your responses and support your answers with examples or other documentation.