Modifier usage: 76 vs 77

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Good morning everyone,

Quick question, if you have 10 physicians from the same speciality/same group who are reading EKGs for the hospital and a patient has 3 EKGs done on the same day and 3 different doctors from this same group read each EKG, would you use a modifier -76 to mean several EKGs have been read by the same group of physicians or would you use modifier -77 to mean each of the (three) physicians from the same group read an EKG.

I've been using modifier -76 since the physicians are from the same group and same speciality. Is this correct?

Thank you for your guidance.
 

mitchellde

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76 is repeat by the same physician and 77 is repeat by a different physician so if there were 3 different EKGS performed all read by different physicians then you use the 77.
 
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76 is repeat by the same physician and 77 is repeat by a different physician so if there were 3 different EKGS performed all read by different physicians then you use the 77.
Id like to revive this thread. I am wondering if for repeat ekgs with the same group of physicians should use 76 mod because Medicare defines same physician as in the same group.??
 

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Id like to revive this thread. I am wondering if for repeat ekgs with the same group of physicians should use 76 mod because Medicare defines same physician as in the same group.??
I'd be inclined to agree. I would use a -76 if I was coding for physicians that were in the same group, billing under the same tax ID number.

Jessica CPC, CCC
 
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