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Post op visits - one doctor performs the surgery & another doctor

  1. Question Post op visits - one doctor performs the surgery & another doctor
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    Anyone know what code to use when billing out for only the post-operative portion of a surgical procedure? If one doctor performs the surgery & another doctor (from a different practice) treats the patient post-operatively---?
    I was told by one person that I needed to code the surgical codes & use modifier 55 ---but for every visit?? Doesn't seem right to me....?

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    I think you mean "inpatient postop subsequent visits" -- in that case 99231-99233 may be used for the another physician.
    Rahul Srivastava, CPC

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    If a different doctor provides the post-op care, all postop visits will be reported by the surgical code with modifier 55 and DOS will be the date the surgery was performed.

    Example, CPT 27550 (global period 90-day) was performed by Dr A on 06/01/09. Dr B saw the patient for postop visits on 06/15, 07/12, 07/25, 08/15.

    Dr B will bill 27550-55 DOS 06/01/09 and not the postop visit E/M codes.

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