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    Post op period, dr is removing pin (20670), can this be coded under post op time and he has put a mod. 25 w/99204. Shouldn't it be a mod. 58? Can the splint be coded.

    Can you tell i am new at coding orthopedics.

    Thanks for anyones help.

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    If he is removing the pin IN THE OFFICE during the global period, the pin removal is not billable. Also, he shouldn't be billing 99204 - that's a new pt code. If he's done sx, the pt can't be new. If the pin removal is being done in a facillity & not the office then it is billable, and the modifier depends. If there's a complication that necessitates the removal, then mod 78. But if a planned pin removal, then mod 58. I'm pretty sure you can bill for the splint.

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    Thank you so much, i apologize for the transposition of 99204, it should have been 99024. But the question still stands on the mod. 58 for that code (99024). Thanks.

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    You don't need a modifier for 99024, that's the post-op f/u visit & should be a $0.00 charge anyway. You first mentioned that your doc used mod 25 on 99024, but it's not needed in this case. Modifier 58 goes on surgeries, not on evaluation & management codes. And again, whether you use mod 58 or 78 on 20670 depends on the reason for the pin removal - see my previous note. But again, if he did the pin removal (20670) in the office he can't bill it anyway.

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    Thank you!!!

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