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    I just ran across where we put a unna boot on an arm. Anyone know if I still report 29580 or is there a code for unna boot on arm?

    THANKS!

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    I would say no. Every description of 29580 (that I have read) supports the leg or foot area. My question to you is...what was the reason for this application? That might help narrow down a code. Typically, the unna boot is applied to treat/prevent ulcers. It's also used for post-op edema. Interesting question....

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    It can also be used for strains and sprains as well.
    ~Ursula, CPC~

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    True...This is why I stated "typically"

    Excerpt from a Medicare statement...

    It is often used in the treatment of various ulcers and variscosities of the leg, and sometimes as a supportive bandage for sprains and strains of the lower extremity.
    Last edited by RebeccaWoodward*; 07-16-2009 at 02:26 PM.

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    I would look at 29065-29086 and see if one of those codes fits the documentation.

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