CORRECT CODING – DEFINITIONS USED FOR OFF-THE-SHELF VERSUS CUSTOM-FITTED PREFABRICATED ORTHOTICS (BRACES) – REVISED

Joint DME MAC Publication

This is a revision to a previously published article 3/28/2014.

As part of the 2014 and 2015 HCPCS update, codes were created describing certain OTS orthotics. Some of these codes parallel codes for custom fitted versions of the same items. Refer to the table at the end of this article for a listing of codes.

When providing these items suppliers must:

  • Provide the product that is specified by the ordering physician
  • Be sure that the ordering physician’s medical record justifies the need for the type of product (i.e., prefabricated versus custom fabricated)
  • Only bill for the HCPCS code that accurately reflects both the type of orthosis and the appropriate level of fitting
  • Have detailed documentation in the supplier’s record that justifies the code selected

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