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Significant Separately Identifiable E/M Service by the Same Physician on the Same Day of the Procedure or Other Service
Unplanned Return to the Operating/Procedure Room by the Same Physician Following Initial Procedure for a Related Procedure During the postoperative Period
(Postoperative Management Only) should be assigned when a provider other than the surgeon is responsible for postoperative management.
A service that has been partially reduced at the physician's discretion is reflected by the modifier
When two primary surgeons are required during an operative, each performing distinct parts of a reportable procedure, modifier ___________ should be assigned.
When a procedure was repeated because of special circumstances involving the original service and the same physician performed the repeat procedure, modifier ____ should be recorded.
Workers' Compensation referred a patient to a physician for a mandatory examination to determine the legitimacy of a claim (insurance certification). What modifier would be added to the code for the examination service?
Dr. Ramus administers regional anesthesia by intravenous injection (also known as Bier's local anesthesia) for a surgical procedure on the patient's lower arm. Dr. Ramus then performs the surgical procedure. What modifier would be added to the surgical code.
A patient came to the office twice in one day to see the same physician for unrelated problems. What modifier would be added to the code for the second office visit?
1. Same Operation, Different Site
2. Multiple Operation(s), same Operative Session
3. Procedure Performed Multiple Times
Dr. Wells began surgery on an 86-year-old female with severe hypertension. The patient was satisfactorily anesthetized and the site opened to view. Shortly thereafter, the patient's blood pressure dropped significantly, and the physician was unable to stabilize the patient. The procedure was discontinued.
The patient is a 10-month-old boy who fell while trying to walk. He cut the bottom of his lip open. Sutures are necessary, but due to the patient's age and excessive movement, general anesthesia is needed.
A patient has a hernia repair and 2 days later must be returned to the operating room for a dehiscence of the incision. When coding the secondary hernia repair, which modifier would you add onto the surgical codes?
A surgeon performed a repair of an enterocele using an abdominal approach and reported the service with 57270. Then patient was morbidly obese with a BMI of 42, and due to this circumstance, the procedure took a significant amount of additional time to perform.
Adding modifier ______________, Unusual Services modifier, indicates "additional effort or time":
Anesthesia provided by the ENT physician during a tympanoplasty for repair of a tympanic membrane perforation
A patient is seen at the direction of Workers' Compensation for a complete physical examination for insurance certification.
The patient returns to the operating room for removal of deep pins during the postoperative period, due to complication (dislodged) after an open repair of a humerus fracture
A patient has a surgical procedure on Turesday, and later that day the physician must take the patient back to the operating room to repeat (redo) a coronary bypass, due to complications of initial procedure.
If you must use two or more modifiers to describe a service, you would use which modifier to indicate this
A surgeon performs a procedure on a neonate weighing 9kg; the procedure was extremely complicated.
modifier would you use to indicate this service, which has an increased level of complexity?
Dr. Storely performed cataract surgery on 10/31/2008 and Dr. Jones provided postoperative care following discharge.
What modifier would you use to indicate the postoperative care following discharge?
Dr. Merideth serves as an assistant surgeon to Dr. Taylor. What modifiers; would you add to the procedure code to indicate Dr. Merideth's status during the procedure?
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