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Bi-lateral 27447 w/ 2 docs

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    Default Bi-lateral 27447 w/ 2 docs
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    We have been submitting 2 claims (1 for each doc) one pays the other gets denied for dup help

    The Drs are from the same group. One Dr does sx on lt knee, the other does sx on rt knee. we have tried rt on one claim and lt on second claim, dupl.
    Last edited by Jan Dalton; 04-30-2010 at 10:00 AM.

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    for a lack of info i suggest try looking at modifiers 62 and 80

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    Did the docs assist eachother on each side? Or did one doc do the entire sx on one side and the other doc did the entire sx on the opposite side? If so, are they from the same practice? What about billing the first with rt modifier and the 2nd with 58-lt modifier (separate claims)? I'm just thinking out loud.....

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    I am wondering if the only modifier needed here is the Lt on one claim and the RT on the other. It could be that simple.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Remember you must give the complete picture so make sure modifiers are correct & if this is claim that is being auto adjudicated with the same tin, the computer automatically denies it. Without modifiers or different tins the payment system will not recognize it as 2 separate claims.

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    Default 27447
    Another thought or 2:

    1. 27447-50 ?

    2. Submit a brief letter of explanation to the payer, citing each MD performed the arthroplasty on either the RT or LT leg. Each worked on one leg and did not assist each other. Send documentation.

    3. Code each separately using Mod-62 on each claim. You would probably need to contact the payer to check whether it accepts that modifier.

    Good luck!
    pat kidd, cpc

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    I think appending a 58 on the 2nd surgeons claim telling the insurance company-this is not a dup-this was in fact a planned procedure. You may still have to appeal but being that you have 2 separate claims with different surgeons, the modifier should do the work. Just my thoughts.

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    Thanks for everyones input, keep it coming

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    Also.....if you do append a 62 you would need 2 op reports for each knee as you would have to justify who did what. And does the procedure allow a 62 modifier? (thanks to my offline coder peeps-they helped me with this one!) Hope this helps.

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    What "Pkid" addressed is correct. Indicate modifiers RT & LT with modifier 62 on each claim with 2 seperate OP reports. That should get your your claim paid.

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