AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 4 (April)

Casting/Strapping/Splinting: For Hospital Outpatient Reporting (April 2002)

April 2002 pages 13-16 Coding Communication Casting/Strapping/Splinting: For Hospital Outpatient Reporting Because both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the CPT surgical package concept involve very specific, and sometimes differing, instruction related to the packaging of "supplies", many questions have arisen related to the use of the CPT musculoskeletal system codes performed in conjunction with the casting/strapping codes 29000-29799. Specifically, the coding instructions for use in physicians' offices versus in outpatient hospital are different. Certain procedures, such as fracture management, include using casting or strapping. However, casting or strapping are also...

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