tci ED Coding & Reimbursement Alert - 2004 Issue 3

Fracture Care Denials Breaking Your Bank?

Heal your reimbursement with these strategiesIf you're having trouble picking fracture and dislocation codes, differentiating between open and closed treatments, and deciding on strap and splint codes, refresh your memory -- and your bottom line -- with these foolproof guidelines. Don't Mix Up Treatment Types Physicians treat fractures in four different ways, says Mary Brown, CPC, coding specialist for Ortho West PC in Omaha, Neb.: closed treatment, closed treatment with manipulation, percutaneous skeletal fixation, and open treatment. An open fracture doesn't always translate into open treatment (and the same is true for closed fractures and treatment), so be...

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