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    Default 59 or 78?

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    The doctor performed a 59410 obstetrical delivery followed by a 59160 later the same day. Would you use a modifier 59 or 78 on the second procedure?
    Last edited by dlk; 06-11-2009 at 11:26 AM. Reason: clarification

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    Why was the curretage done? Was it planned for this patient? It actually may be a 58 modifier if it was not done for complications. I need more information.

    Barbara J. Cobuzzi, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CENTC

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    Columbia, MO


    I would use the 78.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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