AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 1 (January)

Modifiers (January 2000)

January 2000 page 5 Back to Basics Modifiers A modifier provides the means by which the reporting provider can indicate that a service or procedure has been altered by some specific circumstance, but not changed in its definition or code. In this article we will review the basics of CPT modifiers, the anesthesia physical status modifiers, and HCPCS Level II modifiers. CPT Modifiers CPT uses modifiers as an integral part of its structure. Modifiers are used to indicate that a performed service or procedure has been altered by some specific circumstances but has not changed in its definition. Modifiers...

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