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Splint and sutures of same site

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    Is it ok to code for a splint and sutures of the same site during an ED visit? Or would the splint be part of the E/M?
    The diagnosis is 1. Right dorsal thumb laceration, 2 cm. 2. right thumb extensor tendon laceration, less than 25 %.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by JulesofColorado; 06-23-2009 at 11:08 AM.

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    If the physician placed the splint you can code for both the splinting and laceration repair in additon to the E&M.

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    Thank you. I'm still learning ER's so I wasn't sure.

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    I am disagree with we can code both Splint and Suture at same site .
    some payers dosnt accept this .
    for instance , for a child suturing in a finger, usually they will provide splint to support the suture so we can bill suture alone.
    any suggestions

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    Where I work we have always been told that is a laceration repair and splint are applied that we only code the laceration repair.

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    That is correct. Only the lac repair.

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    We would also only code the laceration repair, the splint is not coded/charged.

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    Laceration repair is enough.

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    Thanks everyone.

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