Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) (sometimes referred to as vacuum-assisted closure) is used for treatment of traumatic or surgical wounds. Through application of a vacuum-assisted drainage collection device, negative pressure is applied to assist in wound healing by removing wound exudates and stimulating the wound bed. NPWT services include direct (hands-on) physician work and use of durable (reusable) or disposable medical equipment.

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes for these services are found in the Medicine section of the CPT manual under Active Wound Management. Codes are differentiated by the type of medical equipment used and total surface area of the wound.

Codes 97605 and 97606 are reported for NPWT using durable medical equipment.

Codes 97607 and 97608 are reported for NPWT using a disposable system.

Codes 97605 and 97606 are not reported in conjunction with codes 97607 and 97608. Surgical debridement of subcutaneous tissue, muscle,...

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