Reimbursement for Total Contact Casting and Debridement

Few things in life are more complicated than medical reimbursements, we believe this (table below) to be accurate for TCC based on how current clients are billing. Also this is from SuperCoder on debridement:

As per NCCI edits total contact cast application (29445) cannot be billed separately from a debridement (97597) when treating the same ulceration/same anatomical location for medicare as of above scenario. However, Commercial payers may consider separate payment with appropriate modifier.

Also from SuperCoder on CPT codes for debridement:

CPT code 97602 can be used for removal of devitalized tissue from wounds when non selective debridement (chemical method, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, Pulsed lavage method etc.) method is performed.
CPT codes from wound debridement series (11042 – 11047) can be used if active debridement is performed with surgical instruments (forceps and scissors to remove infected or dead tissue material from the wound). Here code selection depends on the depth of the tissue removed e.g. for debridement up to level of subcutaneous tissue – CPT code 11042 is the correct CPT code.

This from on reimbursement fees:

11042-Debridement, subcutaneous tissue (includes epidermis and dermis, if performed); first 20 square cm or less. – average fee payment- $120 – $130

From Integra Life Sciences:


  1. Coding/Billing Notes:
    According to the National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) Policy Manual for Medicare Services (Revision
    Date: 01/01/2017), casting/splinting/strapping should not be reported separately if a restorative treatment
    or procedure to stabilize or protect a fracture, injury, or dislocation and/or afford comfort to the patient is
    also performed. Several examples follow: (1) If a provider injects an anesthetic agent into a peripheral
    nerve or branch (CPT code 64450), the provider should not report CPT codes such as 29515, 29540, or
    29580 for that anatomic area; (2) A provider should not report a casting/splinting/strapping CPT code for
    the same site as an injection or aspiration (e.g., CPT codes 20526-20615); (3) Debridement CPT codes
    (e.g., 11042-11047, 97597) and grafting CPT codes (e.g., 15040-15776) should not be reported with a
    casting/splinting/strapping CPT code (e.g., 29445, 29580, 29581) for the same anatomic area.
  2. If the cast is supplied by the physician in his/her office, the physician may bill the Medicare for the
    application of the cast as well as the supply of wrap itself, not the actual boot, during instances where just
    an application of TCC is occurring and the physician is enrolled in Medicare as a licensed DME Supplier.

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