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Modifier 24 question

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    Medical Coding Books
    If a patient has an abscess, say on the back and an I&D is done and you've billed the 10060 there is a global of 10 days. When the patient is coming back for the repack it is included in the global. But if the wound infection is getting worse and the physician sees the patient everyday is the cellulitis still considered part of the global or is the 24 modifier appropriate? Sometimes the physician is administering additional medication for the infections, sometimes not.

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    Central Mississippi
    I say, yes, treating the infection in the global perion is included in the surgery component. If the infection is still present after the global period ends, then a seperate charge is justifiable.

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    I agree with neatmon, if it is realated to the initial surgery during the global period you can't seperate it out! You have to wait until the global period ends to unbundle it. Sorry

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