Yes, if one physician performs JUST the "surgery" and another physician of a different group (or different specialty within the same group) performs the postoperative care you should be using -54 and -55 modifiers. The different specialties do not really matter.
Not sure what code you are talking about, but let's take 23650 as an example.
ED would bill 23650-54; ortho would bill 23650-55 (and get about 21% of the total fee usually paid for 23650).
If they have a shared record (as would be the case for OUR practice), the fact that ED note states "patient to be followed by Dr Ortho," and then Dr Ortho's first visit noting the patient's treatment by ED would be enough to satisfy the requirement for a formal transfer of postoperative care.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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