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Surgery Modifier

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    We bill as a group practice to Medicare - one physician took the patient to surgery - two days later another physician took the patient back to surgery as there was some residual lamina causing pain. What modifier would you use 76, 77, or 78?

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    North Carolina
    Based on your statment...

    76-Repeat proc. by same physician
    77-Repeat proc. by another physician
    78-Return to the OR for a related proc. during the post-op (Same MD or different MD)

    Assuming the return was related to the surgery, I would suggest mod. 78.


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