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Ask a Rev Cycle Expert: Charging for Buddy Taping/ Finger Immobilization?

Question:

How is buddy taping/Ace bandaging/immobilization of fingers or toes typically charged in the Emergency Room? There is no CPT code available. Would it be appropriate to charge points for this to go towards a Level charge?

Answer:

Because there is no specific Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code for buddy taping or Ace bandaging, the immobilization of fingers and toes are considered to be a component of the level selection for the Emergency Department (ED) visit.

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