AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Finger Splint, Buddy Tapping - Can you code a CPT codes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Finger Splint, Buddy Tapping - Can you code a CPT codes

    AAPC: Back to School
    Can you code a CPT codes 29130-29131 (application of a finger splint)
    with CPT 29200 (Strapping of hand or finger).

    Thank You


    P.S- Progress note, states application of buddy tape was done prior to the finger splint being applied.
    Last edited by ank3t; 10-07-2016 at 07:04 AM.

  2. #2


    Was this done because of a fracture?


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    yes. And if it wasn't . Let's say just for a sprain. Does that change the scencario.

  4. #4


    Yes, it may. If you are treating a finger fracture and you intend to follow up with the patient, you could charge non-operative fracture care (the procedure code would depend upon where the fracture is located). Non-operative fracture codes have a global period similar to operative fracture codes. For example, if the fracture was located at the distal phalangeal area, you could charge procedure code 26750 (closed treatment of distal phalangeal fracture, finger or thumb, without manipulation, each) or procedure code 26755 (with manipulation, each). The original supplies used would be included in the procedure and you would be subject to the 90 day global period for follow up visits. If you were treating a dislocation only, naturally, you shouldn't charge fracture care. But you could certainly charge for the application of the splinting. I wouldn't suggest charging for buddy taping and splinting. Since there is no global period associated with 29130-31, you may charge for any follow up services. Of course, your documentation would need to support whatever method is used to treat the problem. You may encounter many opinions in regards to fracture care. Some would itemize bill (not charge fracture care at all---charge for the splinting on the original visit and charge and E&M on any subsequent follow up visits). Neither method is incorrect, as long as your documentation supports what you're doing. I hope I'm not forgetting anything in this explanation. If I am, I'm sure there's someone out there who will correct me or add their two-cents.

    Hope this helps.


Similar Threads

  1. ? on finger splint
    By coder1013 in forum Emergency Department
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-02-2015, 01:28 PM
  2. Application of Finger Splint
    By JJ in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-31-2011, 07:26 AM
  3. Finger Splint
    By esull in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-24-2009, 07:42 AM
  4. Finger Splint, Buddy Tapping
    By daniel in forum Family Practice
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-29-2008, 01:23 PM
  5. Finger Splint, Buddy Tapping
    By daniel in forum Pediatrics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-29-2008, 01:22 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.