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    yes, on the physician side we add the 51 modifier on the 2nd and all subsequent procedures. Medicare will automatically add it for us (but to be consistent we do it anyhow). The commericial carriers require this unless of course the CPT is -51 exempt (Appendix E in the CPT 2008, page 494 of the professional edition).

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    Thanks for the reply. I knew that Medicare required the 51 modifier, but not the commercial carriers.

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