The casting or strapping code is reported in an instance when no other procedure or treatment (eg, surgical repair, reduction of a fracture or joint dislocation) is performed or is expected to be performed by the physician rendering the initial care only.
Options for Guidelines
The Application of Casts and Strapping guidelines allow a standard method of reporting casting and strapping for initial fracture treatment, initial immobilization of injuries other than fractures, and the reapplication of casts and strapping. The expanded use of these codes should help resolve many questions and address the inconsistencies previously experienced when reporting initial casting and strapping.
The Application of Casts and Strapping guidelines now contain many options for the 29000-29799 series of codes. These codes may now be used to report:
a replacement cast/strapping procedure, during or after the period of normal follow-up care;
an initial service performed without restorative treatment or procedures to stabilize or protect a fracture, injury or dislocation, and/or to afford pain relief to a patient;
an initial cast/strapping service when no other treatment or procedure is performed or expected to be performed by the same physician; or
an initial cast/strapping service, when another physician provides a restorative treatment or procedure(s).
Questions to Consider
Before you report an initial cast/strapping with a casting and strapping code, consider the following questions:
1.Will any restorative treatment or procedure(s) (eg, surgical repair, closed or open reduction of a fracture or joint dislocation) be performed or are they expected to be performed?
2.Will the same physician assume all subsequent fracture, dislocation, or injury care?
By answering these questions you will establish a good basis for deciding if the casts and strapping codes should be reported. Based on the answers to these questions, you can then refer to the general guidelines for specific rules when making a final code determination.
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Dr.Mohd Ali Hadi CPC, CPC-H
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