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I have a patient who had a partial colectomy 44204 and excision of rectal tumor 45170 who returned to the OR for a porta cath 36561 within the global period. I would like to know what modifier to place on the 36561. Would 78 be appropriate because of the related diagnosis or 58 as it is for therapy following the origional surgery?

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Christie Thomas-CPC
 

acbarnes

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I too would use modifier 79 b/c you are placing port for chemotherapy, a new/seperate diagnosis.
 

cmartin

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Another vote for 79 - the dxs may be similar but this surgical procedure is unrelated to the prior ones.
C.Martin CPC GEN-SG
 
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