AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2001 Issue 4

ASK the EDITOR

In the Second Quarter HCPCS Coding Clinic, “Lets talk about Modifiers”, it was stated that modifier -50 should only be appended to surgical procedures. In the Third Quarter HCPCS Coding Clinic, “Ask the Editor”, it was asked if modifier -50 could also be appended to radiological procedures that were performed bilaterally and the reply was “Yes”. However, all other reference materials that I have come across have stated that modifier -50 does not apply to radiological services (RT/LT should be used). I know that there has been talk about approving modifier -50 for radiological services, but I have seen no “official” word yet. Can you please clarify? Is it truly appropriate to append modifier -50 to radiological services? ...

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