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    Default post-op period for surgery

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    When there are 2 surgeries in a 2 week period, does the 90 day post-op period start after the 2nd surgery or go back to the first one?

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    The 90 global starts at the 1st one and ends 90 days after the 2nd one.

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    It would differ depending on modifier used on the 2nd px (if the 2nd px is related or not)

    modifier “-58” to the staged procedure. A new postoperative period begins when the next procedure in the series
    is billed

    Modifier 79: A new postoperative period begins when the unrelated procedure is billed.

    Modifier 78: no new post operative period begins, postoperative period starts the date of the first procedure.

    pg 76-77

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    Thank you both!

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