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    Default 22 Modifier - Does a surgery done on a morbidly

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    Does a surgery done on a morbidly obese person qualifiy for a 22 modifier? Dictation states that it takes extra time because of the size of the patient. Can someone help me?

    Last edited by ank3t; 10-06-2016 at 06:41 AM.

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    An obese patient doesn't always warrant modifier 22. There must be documentation explaining the excessive difficulty, complications, and/or increased time. Documentation is essential...carriers are really looking for the "out of norm" scenario's.

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