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surgery while under anesthesia for another sx?

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    My doctor removed an external fixation device from a patient while he was under anesthesia by a different doctor for a hernia repair, outpatient procedure. Does this get any special sort of modifier?

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    I would also like to know.

    Thank you.

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    In your case, I don't think a modifier is needed.
    Karen Maloney, CPC
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    No modifier necessary as long as each surgeon is also performing the postoperative care affiliated with the procedure he/she performed. Each surgeon bills only for the procedure he/she performed as this was not a two surgeon or assist surgeon situation.

    Julie, CPC

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    Great! That is what I thought, but I started to second guess myself.

    Kim, CPC

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