HI 00610.180 Surgical Dressings, and Splints, Casts, and Other Devices Used for Reduction of Fractures
Surgical dressings include therapeutic and protective covering for lesions either
on the skin or opening to the skin required as the result of a surgical procedure
performed by a physician. Surgical dressings are usually applied first by a physician
and are covered as incident to a physician's professional service (see HI 00610.020.). However, dressings may be reapplied by others including the patient or a member
of his family. When surgical dressings are obtained by the patient on a physician's
order from a supplier, e.g., a drugstore, the surgical dressing is covered. Dressings
required for purposes other than a surgical lesion, e.g., bedsores, are not covered.
Prior to the 1972 Amendments, a colostomy bag and necessary accoutrements required
for its attachment were covered as a surgical dressing; irrigation equipment and supplies
used in treating a colostomy condition were not covered under this section. On and
after October 30, 1972 colostomy bags and equipment are considered prosthetic devices.
Splints, casts, etc., include dental splints.