Surgical Dressings: Medicare Requirements

Medicare covers primary or secondary surgical dressings when used to protect or treat a wound and if needed after you debride a wound.

You must:

  • Include clinical information in patients’ medical records that demonstrates a reasonable and necessary need for the type and quantity of surgical dressings
  • Evaluate the wound monthly and update the record, unless you document why you cannot do a monthly evaluation and how you are monitoring the patient's ongoing use of dressings

For more information, see the Surgical Dressings – Policy Article.

Source: CMS MLN Connects dated May 26, 2022


Last Updated May 26 , 2022