tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2003 Issue 7

Modifier -62: Cooperation in the OR Requires Coding Cooperation, Too

Coding can become tricky when two surgeons work together during the same surgery. Medicare and CPT specify strict instructions for co-surgery billing, and if you dont coordinate the two physicians claims carefully, one surgeon could lose his or her reimbursement entirely. First You Must Know if Its Allowable Modifier -62 (Two surgeons) indicates that the individual skills of two surgeons are required during the same surgical procedure. In such cases, each surgeon codes independently of the other, with modifier -62 appended to the applicable CPT procedure code(s), says Laureen Jandroep, OTR, CPC, CCS-P, CPC-H, CCS, director and senior instructor...

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