AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 5 (May)

Surgery/Musculoskeletal System (May 2009)

May 2009 page 8 Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 29505, 29105 (Q&A) Question: How do you code the application of knee and shoulder immobilizers? Is it accurate to say that a knee immobilizer is a splint and a shoulder immobilizer is considered strapping? Answer: The application or the fitting of the immobilizer is not reported when the actual immobilizer is described and reported with a HCPCS II code. The HCPCS II codes typically include the process of fitting or application. If CPT code 99070 is reported to describe the immobilizer, then the appropriate splint code in the 29000 series would...

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