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    Default Modifier -80

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    Can anyone tell me if there are any guidelines specifying medical necessity requirements on the usage of modifier -80?

    For example: Two trauma surgeons going in the OR to assist one another just to finish the procedure more quick?

    I don't agree with the above example, but I can't find anything telling us differently.

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
    Tiffany Fischer, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007


    Your coding book will tell you when an assistant surgeon is allowed.

    The American College of Surgeons published the study below a few years ago regarding assistants at surgery. It is a good reference as you will see. Hope that helps.


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