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Splint and sutures of same site

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    Default laceration and splint
    Medical Coding Books
    what if the laceration is to the ankle and a short leg splint is performed to a 30 year-old female

  2. Default Can Code Both
    Clearly is the laceration is treated by suturing and the splinting is for a separate ankle sprain, both are billable and supported by separate diagnosis codes. As to the finger from a few years ago. I think many ED coding entities would code both especially if the provider placed te splint. Clearly if say a finger sprain were documented in addition to the laceration, both would be coded. I'll concede to everyone who disagreed with me six years ago that if there is no indication of an injury in addition to the finger laceratin, some would argue to code only the lac repair and E&M. But most ED specialty outfits would code both if the documentation were there.

    Jim

  3. Default
    But the laceration involved the extensor tendon - I would grab the splint, too, in this case.

  4. Default
    The laceration included the extensor tendon - I would grab the splint, too.

  5. Default finger laceration and splint
    The thumb laceration included the extensor tendon - I would grab the finger splint

  6. Default finger lac and splint
    Extensor tendon involvement - I would grab the splint, too.

  7. Wink splint and sutures same site
    Extensor tendon involvement - I would grab the splint, too.

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