AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2014 Issue 4; For Your Information

Correct reporting of services on fingers and toes

Reporting the appropriate modifiers for services performed on the fingers and toes is very important. Because the fingers and toes are located on each side of the body many services on the fingers and toes are inappropriately reported with modifier 50, Bilateral Procedure. Although it is understood that fingers and toes are bilaterally located it is necessary to identify which finger and/or toe the service was provided for and modifier 50 does not provide the needed specificity for the procedure performed. To appropriately report the services performed on the fingers and toes modifiers F1-F9 and FA should be appended...

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