Carpal Tunnel Release and Splint

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May 1, 2014

Question:

We put on a splint after a carpal tunnel decompression procedure and my coder says we can separately bill 29125 for the short arm splint. I wouldn’t think we could bill this. What do you think?

Answer:

You’re right – placement of the splint (or even cast after a fracture repair) is included in the global surgical package for the decompression procedure (CPT 64721 or 29848) and is not separately reported.