AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 5 (May)

Modifiers (Q&A) (May 2010)

May 2010 page 10a Modifiers (Q&A) Question: Can Modifier 62, Two Surgeons, and Modifier 51, Multiple Procedures, be appended to procedures performed by burn surgeons at a regional burn/trauma center? Is it appropriate to add these modifiers to CPT codes, regardless of the physician’s or surgeon’s specialty? Answer: CPT guidelines do not require that Modifier 62 only be used when the two surgeons are of different specialties. CPT guidelines do permit both Modifiers 62 and 51 to be used on the same procedure when both surgeons continue to work together as primary surgeons on a second...

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