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A five-year-old boy comes into the emergency room after falling out of a tree. The doctor has an x-ray ordered after the boy complains of pain in his ankle. The x-ray shows that his ankle is fractured. The doctor then applies a full-length leg cast to the entire length of the boy’s leg.

Define medical necessity in your own words. Does the diagnosis support the services ordered? Defend your answer. If not, supply the appropriate service for the diagnosis.

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