AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 12 (December)

Modifier -51 (Q&A) (December 1997)

December 1997 page 10c Coding Consultation Modifier -51 (Q&A) Question My physician performed a transposition flap of a leg ulcer during the same operative episode with another physician who performed an eye procedure. Both procedures were performed under the same general anesthesia. Each physician performed their own individual services and neither acted as assistant surgeon during the operative episode. What modifier should I use to describe my physician's services? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective, there is no CPT modifier to describe this circumstance. Each physician would report the appropriate CPT procedure code(s) to accurately describe the...

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