tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 2

You Be the Coder: Amp Up Your Pay For Ankle Sprain

Question: A patient came to the office with severe ankle pain following an injury. The patient said she believed she had a broken ankle. However, following an examination and x-ray, the provider diagnosed a sprained ankle, wrapped the ankle with an ACE bandage and sent the patient home. Can we bill for the bandage in addition to the visit, using 99070? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: You shouldn’t report 99070 (Supplies and materials [except spectacles], provided by the physician or other qualified healthcare professional over and above those usually included with the office visit or other services rendered [list drugs...

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