tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2008 Issue 32

Coding Coach: What Qualifies As 'More Extensive?' Find Out Now

If same condition prompts initial and follow-up procedures, 58 applies. The AMA revised CPT language for modifier 58 earlier this year and followed up by offering additional instructions on how to apply the modifier correctly. As in the past, however, to use this modifier appropriately you should be sure that the surgeon performs and documents a supplementary service during the global period of a related procedure.Choose 58 for 'Go-Beyond' Procedures You may consider modifier 58 (Staged or related procedure or service by the same physician during the postoperative period) for a procedure or service the surgeon performs during...

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