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    Where in the cpt would I find a listing of global periods? I find that most everything I look up has a 90 day global but is there an area that I am missing that goes into detail on time frames and stipulations for globals?

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    Check you CPT manual. In the Ingenix CPT it's in the Appendix E, Pub 100 References, plus after each procedure it list the global days.

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    Thank you for the direction. Unfortunately we do not have the Ingenix books so the appendix is not the same. I know that most of the codes related to OB I have looked into have a 90 day global but even when I look up the specific codes (which ever it may be at the time) it is not listed. Not in notes, front, back, or on codes; I find this very bizarre. For example the 59150 I know is a 90 day global but on page 255 of my CPT where the code is listed it does not reflect that information at all; anywhere that I can see. Any other tips?

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    Greeley, Colorado


    I have never seen the global periods listed in the CPT Professional edition. I believe you can find them in the Expert edition (I am not a fan of that edition). You can find global days in the NCCI edits, the Medicare fee schedule, RBRVS manual, and most encoders. Also, they might be in the OB/GYN coding companion - I don't have mine handy at the moment.
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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