AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 10 (October)

Modifiers -51 and -59 (Q&A) (October 1999)

October 1999 page 11b Coding Consultation Modifiers -51 and -59 (Q&A) Question Can both modifiers -51 and -59 be appended to the same code on the same claim? Should these modifiers ever be reported on the same claim form? AMA Comment Since modifier -59 is to be used only if no more descriptive modifier is available, and the use of the -59 modifier best explains the circumstances, it would not be appropriate to append the -51 and -59 modifier to the same code on the same claim. However, there may be circumstances in which the -59 modifier is...

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