AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 2 (February)

Modifiers -50, -52 (Q&A) (February 1998)

February 1998 page 11c Coding Consultation Modifiers -50, -52 (Q&A) Question When a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are performed bilaterally, is it appropriate to append the -50 modifier to the procedure code? AMA Comment The codes for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (42820-42836) are intended to represent bilateral procedures. Therefore, it is not appropriate to append the -50 modifier when performed bilaterally. If the procedure is performed unilaterally, then the appropriate code would be reported with modifier -52, Reduced Services, appended. Modifiers -50, -52 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 1998; February 1998 page 11c ...

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