Any fracture care coders? Documentation requirements for splinting and casting

We are trying to locate official guidelines for proper documentation for cast/splint application. Does anyone know if there are any, and where we could find them.

Is it required to confirm and document neurovascular status before and after the application?

Thank you,

Cathy Satkus, CPC
Harvard Family Physicians
Tulsa, OK


  • edited May 2017
    You might look to your liability carrier for that type of guideline. In my mind, it really is a CYA issue. Why would a physician not want to confirm proper application especially when the cast is applied by ancillary staff. The physician ultimately carries the burden of liability.

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