Wondering who the payer is...sometimes that makes a world of difference.
I agree that the -59 modifier is the way to go (since MOST carriers refuse to acknowledge of accept -50). If you received a denial, my best advise is to submit a paper appeal with the op report showing that both the right and left ears were involved.
The other consideration of course would be to submit the claim with -RT and -LT modifiers...again, depends on the payer.
If it wasn't for the high amount of denials issued DAILY, what else would the insurance companies have to do? Oh yeah, pay our claims!
Coding/billing is like sailing on the Titanic...though sometimes I think that would have been more comfortable...yikes.
Hope this was of a little bit of help at least.
Have a great weekend.
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