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New ICD-10 ulcer codes you need to know

from APWCA

ICD-10 codes that start with L97- are used for nonpressure chronic ulcers of the lower limb. These codes are used for diabetic foot ulcers, stasis ulcers, and others. Since the onset of ICD-10, there were only five 6th character options for these L97- codes. These did not leave the option to indicate with our codes that an ulcer had muscle exposed without necrosis of muscle or bone exposed without necrosis of bone. The APWCA worked with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders to write to the World Health Organization and explain this gap in code options and request that more options be created that would allow us to code these scenarios accurately. more

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