by Jared Staheli
June 18th, 2015
The cost of supplies used in creating casts are not included in the payment amounts for the CPT codes for fracture management and for casts and splints. Thus, for settings in which CPT codes are used to pay for services that include the provision of a cast or splint, supplies maybe billed with separate CPCS codes. The work and practice expenses involved with the creation of the cast or splint are included in the payment for the code for that service.
For claims with dates of service on or after July 1, 2001, jurisdiction for processing claims for splints transferred from the DME MACs to the A/B MAC (B). The A/B MACs (B) have jurisdiction for processing claims for splints and casts, which includes codes for splints that may have previously been billed to the DME MACs.
Jurisdiction for slings is jointly maintained by the A/B MACs (B) (for physician claims) and the DME MACs (for supplier claims). Notwithstanding the above where the beneficiary receives the service from any of the following providers claims jurisdiction is with the A/B MAC (A). An exception to this is hospital outpatient services and hospital inpatient Part B services, which are included in the OPPS payment and are billed to the A/B MAC (A) using the ASC X12 837 institutional claim format or Form CMS- 1450).
Other providers and suppliers that normally bill the A/B MAC (A) for services bill the A/B MAC (B) for splints and casts.