Generally, what does the documentation support? If there is inadequate documentation, use of modifiers certainly becomes very difficult. If there is good documentation, then the documentation should direct you to the correct modifier? Even if a code editor indicates that use of a modifier will result in reimbursement, paperwork still has to demonstrate that use of the modifier is appropriate.
I know this doesn't provide a clear answer. But it seems that many coding issues start with the quality of the documentation.
What about coding policies? Do you have any policies regarding consistent and accurate coding practices? If coding policies are developed and put in place, they would be a resource to rely on without having to "arguing your case" on a daily basis.
Just some thoughts
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