fracture care scenario

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Can someone help me with the following scenerio. In this instance would you code the 25600 or an office visit with cast application charges.

A patient is referred to an ortho surgeon from the ER or another phyiscian due to having a confirmed distal radius fx. The ortho surgeon does not manipulate the bone but views x-rays, exams the arm and applies a short arm cast. Should I be charging the fx care charge of the 25600 instead of charging a simple office visit charge with the cast application charge? Thank you for any help you can provide to me.

Annie Blair, CPC-H
Taylor Regional Ortho Group
 
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