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Buddy Taping

Annette Posted Wed 02nd of March, 2011 16:37:36 PM

Do you still use A4570 for buddy taping?

SuperCoder Answered Wed 02nd of March, 2011 23:01:34 PM

Please mention the following:
Anatomical location and age of the patient.

Annette Posted Thu 03rd of March, 2011 00:15:11 AM

The Dr. uses buddy taping for mostly toes but sometimes fingers. He has done it for both medicare patients and children.

SuperCoder Answered Thu 03rd of March, 2011 07:58:17 AM

If treatment is for finger sprain, then you may bill 29130/1 along with 29200. But if treatment is for fracture, then you should not bill for buddy taping. Say for if the fracture was located at the distal phalangeal area, you could charge procedure code 26750 (closed treatment of distal phalangeal fracture, finger or thumb, without manipulation, each) or procedure code 26755 (with manipulation, each). The original supplies used would be included in the procedure and you would be subject to the 90 day global period for follow up visits. If you were treating a dislocation only, naturally, you shouldn't charge fracture care. But you could certainly charge for the application of the splinting. I wouldn't suggest charging for buddy taping with splinting.

Annette Posted Thu 03rd of March, 2011 10:40:47 AM


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