post-op period for surgery

srarick

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When there are 2 surgeries in a 2 week period, does the 90 day post-op period start after the 2nd surgery or go back to the first one?
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Susan
 

codegirl0422

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It would differ depending on modifier used on the 2nd px (if the 2nd px is related or not)

modifier “-58” to the staged procedure. A new postoperative period begins when the next procedure in the series
is billed

Modifier 79: A new postoperative period begins when the unrelated procedure is billed.

Modifier 78: no new post operative period begins, postoperative period starts the date of the first procedure.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/manuals/downloads/clm104c12.pdf
pg 76-77
 
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