AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 9 (September)

Use of CPT Modifiers 76, 78, and 79 (September 2010)

September 2010 pages 6-7 Use of CPT Modifiers 76, 78, and 79 This article will provide an overview of CPT modifiers and focus specifically on the definition and use of modifiers 76, 78, and 79. Use of Modifiers CPT modifiers may be reported with a CPT code to indicate that a service or procedure has been altered by some specific circumstance but not changed in its definition. Modifiers also enable health care professionals to efficiently respond to payment policy requirements established by other entities. CPT modifiers may be used in many circumstances, including: altered services (eg, prolonged, service greater...

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