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    Chicopee, Mass

    Default Fx care help !

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    I have a patient who came in and had a fractured tibia. The knee was x-rayed and examined, and the pt was sent home with no casting or brace. He did have a scheduled follow-up appointment with us, but he cancelled it so we only saw him once. Would a fracture care code have been appropriate to bill out? The patient does not agree with our billing. Was an E&M more appropriate in this case?


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    If there was a fracture and fracture treatment was done (and documented) then a fracture code is appropriate. There's 90 days of free follow up, but if the pt declined that, it's kinda the patient's problem...
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC

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    Chicopee, Mass


    Thank you very much! I feel better about our coding choice.

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