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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007

    Question 24 Unrelated E/M during post op

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    I am looking for more clarity on this modifier. I have been told that I take it to literally and even though is says unrelated it actually means "outside of what is typical post op care". I have never heard this before and can't find anything to support it.




    These are a few of the documents that I refer to. If anyone has anything else that supports either way I greatly appreciate it.


    Laura, CPC, CEMC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbus GA

    Smile 24 mod

    Try this but it may not be any better than the ones you have:


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    Apr 2007
    East Stroudsburg, PA


    I deal with Trauma surgeons. One day they may be dealing with a patient with a complicated lac that requires repair and then the next thing you know the patient developes a pneomothorax the following day. In a case like this I would append a modifier 24 (unless the patient needed surgery)

    Here is a link to Higmark that has an example of the typical uses for this modifer....


    Hope is helps to clarify.
    ~Rebecca, CPC, COSC, CPC-I

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