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    ENT did a surgical procedure global period 90 days.
    Patient had a repeat procedure and the neurosurgeon was called in as a co-surgeon.
    Would they both append the 79 modifier or only the ENT surgeon?

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    -79 is only for the physician who performed the original surgery. It is to override the global period. A physician who was not involved in the original surgery does not have any global period to override.
    Christine M. Speroni, CPC
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    NHPP Gynecologic Oncology

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