tci Part B Insider - 2008 Issue 23

CCI: Modifier Changes Restrict When You Can Separate Pairs

Check which modifier changes affect youIn addition to adding and deleting code bundles, CCI also uses its updates to announce whether you can append modifiers such as 59 (Distinct procedural service) to separate bundling edits. In Version 14.2, effective July 1, CCI changes some of those modifiers.Cardiovascular surgery: In previous versions of CCI, edits bundled 32603 (Thoracoscopy, pericardial sac) into 33265 and 33266 (Maze procedure), and you could not separate the edits, even if you used modifier 59.But the new edition of CCI will allow you to append a modifier to separately report the codes when...

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