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    Default Coding Help - I have a question patient has Medicare

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    Good afternoon all,

    I have a question patient has Medicare patient was seen in office 99213 and had destruction of 6 AK lesions, 17000 1st lesion, and 17003 2-14 lesions Medicare is denying 17003 reason they give is 17000 is global to 17003 should I add modifier 79 to 17003?

    Thank you,
    Tracy Holcomb, CPC-A
    Last edited by ank3t; 10-07-2016 at 07:28 AM.

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    Apr 2007


    So they are denying 17000 but paying 17003? If you are billing them together they should not be considered global and no modifier should be needed. I would contact them and see if that is the reason they are denying it. If so that would need to be appealed.
    Herbie W Lorona Jr., CPC, CPC-H

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    I agree. 17003 is an Add on code and by definition it cannot be billed without 17000. I would definitely call Medicare and follow up with an appeal in need be.

    Jessica H, CPCD

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    Toms River, NJ


    i have received that denial also but it all my cases the 17000 is denying against another visit previous to this one. if the patient was seen last week for a different procedure then this is why it is denying , it will need a 79 modifier. it is most likely not denying against the 17003. hope that helps

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