AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 2 (February)

Modifiers 58 and 78 (February 2008)

February 2008 pages 3-6 Coding Clarification:Modifiers 58 and 78 The CPT modifiers provide the means to report or indicate that a service or procedure that has been performed has been altered by some specific circumstance but not changed in its definition. Because modifiers also enable health care professionals to effectively respond to payment policy requirements established by other entities, for CPT 2008, the descriptor language of the CPT modifiers 58 and 78 was revised. The revisions are intended to clarify the use of these modifiers and to avoid restricting usage by designated providers as defined by payment programs. For...

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