California Medical Association: Quick tips for easy “add-on” coding

Throughout the CPT® codebook, you will find designated “add on” codes. AAPC’s Managing Editor G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, recently authored an article for the California Medical Association in which he offers three simple tips to appropriately apply add-on codes.

  1. Add-on codes describe procedures or services that are always provided “in addition to” other, related services or procedures.
  2. Add-on codes have no global period assigned.
  3. Add-on codes are “modifier 51 exempt” and therefore are to be paid at full fee schedule value.

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