tci Part B Insider - 2008 Issue 4

MODIFIERS: Update Your Modifier Practices -- or You Could Be Writing Off Thousands

One internal audit reminded a practice to apply the new descriptors to claimsIf you haven't tweaked your modifier use to fit the CPT 2008 rules, you might be forfeiting a fortune.As most practices know, CPT 2008 included revised and expanded descriptors for seven modifiers, plus it added a new modifier to your collection. One subscriber, however, tells the Insider that she was surprised to learn that she was entitled to more reimbursement than she expected, and blamed old modifier descriptions for her error.Daneele Collins of Oden Orthopaedics submitted a claim to her Part B carrier for a...

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