Rene Posted Fri 17th of January, 2020 16:01:40 PM
If a strapping, unna boot, and splint is performed in the same extremity. Do we report both 29515 and 29580, or we just report the 29515? Thanks
SuperCoder Answered Mon 20th of January, 2020 06:47:56 AM
The provider applies an Unna boot, a spiral compression dressing, made of cotton and zinc oxide paste or other emollients, that keeps the skin moist and free of irritation while applying pressure to the leg. Unna boots treat venous stasis ulcers by controlling blood flow in the leg and providing a stable environment for ulcer healing. Unna boots also provide healing properties for strains and sprains.
CPT 29515 is used for application of short leg splint from calf to foot. A short leg splint is used to immobilize the ankle. While splinting physician also wraps cotton bandaging from just below the knee to the toes but not have properties like unna boot.
So, if physician has applied unna boot and splint on the same extremity, report both codes 29515 and 29580 with 59 modifier.