tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 5

Modifiers: Split E/M from Typical Postop Care With 24

Modifier will make unrelated E/Ms during surgical globals fly. Most E/M services for patients during the global period of a recent surgery are of the postoperative kind. If your provider performs an E/M for anything related to the surgery during the global period, it is part of the postop package, and therefore not separately codeable. Problem: How do you code for an E/M that’s unrelated to the patient’s recent surgery? Things will be a lot easier if you’re familiar with modifier 24 (Unrelated evaluation and management service by the same physician or other qualified health care...

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