AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2011 Issue 1; FOR your INFORMATION

A New Modifier for the Reporting of Colorectal Screening Tests

Modifier PT, Colorectal cancer screening test; converted to diagnostic test or other procedure, was recently created by CMS for providers and practitioners to report the conversion of a screening colonoscopy or screening sigmoidoscopy to a diagnostic test or procedure provided on the same date and in the same encounter. In this instance modifier PT would be appended to the diagnostic procedure code that is reported instead of the HCPCS code for the screening colonoscopy or screening sigmoidoscopy. For additional information regarding the reporting of modifier PT, go to http://www.com.gov/Transmittals/downloads/R8640TN.pdf. ...

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