AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 12 (December)

Review of the 1997 Modifier Changes (December 1996)

December 1996 pages 8-9 Coding Communication Review of the 1997 Modifier Changes Reporting modifiers continues to be a source of confusion for many physicians and coding professionals alike. This was once again shown to be the case last month at our annual CPT Symposium, when we received many questions from people looking for insight. To help clarify the use of modifiers, CPT 1997 contains two new modifiers (-53 and -59), a revision to existing modifier -51, and a new definition concerning add-on codes. In this article, we will review the changes and see how they effect the instructions concerning...

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