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Non-Payment for Prefabricated Splints


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This article is being republished with a new Effective Date because the 45 days' notice of the original Final LCD effective date did not get published in a timely manner. The new effective date is 11/02/2018.

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Non-Payment for Prefabricated Splints
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Noridian has noted that providers have been advised by some coding sources to report a splint application code for the application of "off the shelf" or pre-packaged splints. While it may be appropriate to bill for the actual splint, Noridian strongly disagrees with the advice to bill separately for the application of these splints. The application of the pre-packaged splint is a packaged service when performed on the same day as an E/M service or other procedure but, in no case, may this type of splint application be separately billed.

The CPT codes: 29105, 29125, 29126, 29130, 29131, 97760, 97799 are not appropriate to bill in addition to a splint code that has a "fitting" included in the descriptor. Be aware that a large range of "L" codes do include "fitting" in the descriptor

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08/31/2018 R1

This final LCA effective 8/31/2018 combines JFB into the JFA LCA so that both JFA and JFB contract numbers will have the same final Medicare Coverage Database (MCD) LCA number A52754.

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  • Pre-Fabricated
  • Splints