AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2004 Issue 1

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Our facility coders would like clarification on the proper usage of modifier 50 when attaching it to a CPT code. Our department has been using this modifier when a bilateral procedure (i.e., one done on both sides of the body) is performed. The definition that we use for bilateral comes strictly from the CPT coding book and other coding guidelines. We were recently told that our HIM department is using this modifier incorrectly. Can you clarify this? ...

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