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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Bay City, MI

    Unhappy strapping/splinting

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    I often get bills for wrist sprains that are given a velcro splint for support. One clinic is coding 29260 to put on a wrist support splint L3908. No fracture is involved and no wrapping of the wrist. Just a splint from a box. Is this right?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Kingsport, TN


    It is my understanding that these are covered only if there is a fracture/dislocation or some type of open wound for which a surgical procedure was performed. I don't think a wrist sprain requires surgery so my opinion is that the splinting/strapping code is not billable. Any one else?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Kokomo, IN

    Default strapping/splinting

    We use them in the ER when they use a splint/strap for dislocation or injury that needs to stabilized/immobilized and we use them for fractures that are being referred on to an ortho and that is the only treatment done to stabilize until ortho sees them.

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