AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 2 (February)

A Look at Bilateral Modifier Usage (February 1997)

February 1997 page 6 Coding Communication A Look at Bilateral Modifier Usage One of the most frequent questions we receive deals with the use of the bilateral modifier when organs or body areas are paired, such as the extremities or the eyes. This is particularly important in medical procedures (nonsurgical) where a procedure is commonly performed on both organs or body areas. Here we'll focus on medical procedures for the eye and ocular adnexa. The table shows when to use the bilateral modifier (-50) when the same procedure is done on both eyes. It also shows when to use...

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