Advance: Appending Modifiers 58, 78, and 79

Modifiers identify procedures that have been altered in some way without changing the fundamental components. AAPC’s National Advisory Board Member Relations Officer, Nancy Clark, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, recently penned an article for Advance for Health Information Professionals in which she expounded on modifiers that can be appended to procedure codes for services performed within the global period.

“If the same operating physician performs services within the surgical package that do not qualify as normal postoperative care, a modifier must be appended to the service,” she says. “In these instances, use modifiers 58, 78, and 79.”

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