AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 5 (May)

Modifier Update-New and Revised Modifiers for Outpatient Use (May 2000)

May 2000 pages 1-3 Modifier Update-New and Revised Modifiers for Outpatient Use The use of CPT codes for outpatient hospital reporting to Medicare requires a variation in the use of certain CPT coding conventions, including modifiers. Prior to October 1, 1997, CPT modifiers were not used for hospital outpatient reporting to the Medicare program. Based on approval by the National Uniform Billing Committee, HCFA has since instructed its Medicare fiscal intermediaries to accept certain approved Level I (CPT) and Level II (HCPCS) modifiers applicable to outpatient hospital reporting. CPT 1999 included both CPT Level I and HCPCS Level II...

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