AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 1 (January)

Modifiers -59, -25 (Q&A) (January 1999)

January 1999 page 10b Coding Consultation Modifiers -59, -25 (Q&A) Question Please explain the difference between modifiers -59 and -25. Is modifier -59 intended to be appended to evaluation and management codes? AMA Comment Modifier -59 is intended to be used to indicate that a procedure or service is distinct or independent from other services or procedures performed on the same day. This modifier is used to identify procedures/services that are not normally reported together, but are appropriate under the circumstances, and not intended to be appended to evaluation and management (E/M) codes. Rather, modifier -59 is appended...

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