Wound Care Verbiage Matters


Wound centers that use IntellicureEHR enjoy the luxury of automatic documentation that coders understand and payers love, meaning healthier reimbursements and a better bottom line. Plus, it’s always compliant.

Dr. Caroline Fife, renowned wound physician and author of the Wound Care blog CarolineFifeMD.com, revealed a list of medical words that cause confusion for coders and payers because they’re often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Consider these 6 items your helpful tip for the week.


6 Wound Care Words that Confuse Coders & Payers

  1. Do not write that a “diabetic foot ulcer” was caused by the “pressure” of an ill-fitting shoe
  2. Do not call ulcers “wounds.”
  3. Do not call wounds “ulcers.” You know the difference and so do your coders and payers.
  4. Do not call any late effects of radiation symptoms “acute.”
  5. Do not say a person with bleeding from the bladder related to prior radiation has “hemorrhagic cystitis.”
  6. Despite the obvious contradiction, chronic arterial insufficiency is being used as a reason to deny the dysvascular neuropathic foot. So do not relate the two.

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