tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 3

Reader Question: Strapping With Other Procedures?

Question: Can we report 29540 for strapping with other procedures, such as fracture care, or is it bundled into the main procedure? Florida Subscriber Answer: If your orthopedist performs the strapping in coordination with fracture care, injury, or dislocation treatment, you’re not going to be able to separately report 29540 (Strapping; ankle and/or foot). Reason: CPT® guidelines state that you can separately report 29540 “when the cast application or strapping is an initial service performed without a restorative treatment or procedure(s) to stabilize or protect a fracture, injury, or dislocation and/or to afford comfort to a patient...

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