CMA Today: Modifiers–Telling the Story
Due to the constant complexity of coding, modifiers are a key component in the industry. AAPC’s director of curriculum, Katherine Abel, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPC-I, highlights several modifiers in the most recent CMA Today. She highlights the three most commonly misunderstood modifiers, 25, 59, and 22.
“Modifier 25 indicates a service is a significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service,” she states. Additionally, Abel says that the modifier 59 fulfills a similar role as 25, but with surgical services. While “modifier 22 indicates an increased procedural service.”
The article is only available by subscription and can be found on pages 21-23 in the November/December CMA Today.