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Prefabricated splint codes: No easy answers

Briefings on APCs, September 1, 2008

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When you ask any four coders or clinicians how to handle splint coding, you’re going to get four answers. Or five.

The confusion is nowhere worse than with prefabricated splints. These devices occupy a middle ground between orthotics (which they are) and splints (which they can be). It’s no small wonder that some clinicians react to the confusion by not using prefabricated splints if they can avoid it. Even the regulatory authorities disagree on how to code prefabricated splints.

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