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Volume 3 procedure code modifiers?

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    i AM BRAND NEW TO FACILITY CODING AND AM COMPLETELY CONFUSED WITH THE MODIFIER ISSUE IN VOLUME 3 PROCEDURES CODING!!! :-(

    In reporting Volume 3 ICD-9 Procedure Code 20.01 for a myringotomy with tubes, done bilaterally, PLACE OF SERVICE: outpatient hospital surgery, HOW DO i INDICATE ITS A BILATERAL PROCEDURE? wITH A MODIFIER? OR DO i REPORT IT TWICE?

    Help asap?!

    Janice

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    If you are coding for the outpatient facility you do not use Volume 3 for your procedure codes, you use CPT codes. Volume 3 are used for inpatent procedures only. and no modifiers are ever used on Volume 3 codes.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Janice:

    Some facilities (hospitals) collect all their procedural data in ICD-9 Volume III, although they may bill through CPT/HCPCS.

    Based on the Faye Brown literature, you report bilateral procedures in ICD procedures by coding it twice.

    ICD-9 procedural coding system is not built to have modifiers appended to it.

    Good luck to you.

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