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    Question Is/Was there a modifier -29?

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    Help! There was an article published in a journal that my physician received regarding how to bill for musculoskeletal procedures. In particular, the decision to perform a procedure, such as a joint injection, at a visit. The article specifically states "do use a -29 modifier". I wrote to the publication, as I was unable to locate any reference to a -29 modifier anywhere. They replied today stating, "this is what we found - "Modifier - 29 for global procedures (those procedures where one provider is responsible for both the professional and technical component) "" Can anyone lead me somewhere I can clear this up? My physician wants to use this modifier! Thanks!

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    Apr 2007


    I didn't go pull any old books or anything but when I go into CodeCorrect and enter the 29 modifier, nothing comes up. Others will come up with the term date if there is one. I've never heard of that modifier. Hmmmm.
    Pam Tienter, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CCS-P, CPMA, CPC-I
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
    AAPC National ICD-10-CM Trainer

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    Albany, New York


    I have never heard of that modifier either......
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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    Apr 2007
    orange, ca


    "Modifier - 29 for global procedures (those procedures where one provider is responsible for both the professional and technical component) has been deleted. If a provider is billing for a global service, no modifier is necessary."

    THIS WAS FOUND FROM AN OLD LINK I HAD FOR WORK COMP-STATE OF CA---> SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE 4....http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/OMFSNotice.rtf

    SEE ALSO THIS LINK: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropReg...sasadopted.pdf ON PAGE 13

    Last edited by mad_one80; 02-06-2009 at 03:44 PM.

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