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ggparker14

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What modifier is appropriate to use when a patient is still in the global from surgery and then has to have a different surgery not related to the first surgery by a different specialty physician?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

MMAYCOCK

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I would use Modifier 79 for surgical procedures unrelated to the reason for the global period
 
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Different surgeon and different specialty

If it's a differen surgeon of a different specialty, you should not need any modifier.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
 

gramatangirl

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modifier 79

:)that is correct, you can use 79 if the same provider is performing the second surgery, but if different provider in a different specialty will not need a modifier.
 
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