Advance for Health Information Professionals:Modifiers- Friend or Foe?

“Modifiers fall into two categories,” stated AAPC member Carol Courtney, CPC in the most recent edition of “Coding Corner” for Advance for Health Information Professionals. She continued:

1. Current procedure terminology (CPT): consist of two digits, and both are numeric. CPT modifiers affect reimbursement.

2. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS): consist of two digits, but they can be either two alphas or an alpha and a numeric digit. HCPCS modifiers generally are informational.

The article gives a solid rundown of some troublesome and often confusing modifiers.

Read the full article here.

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