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    I am a newcomer to the coding community and I am hoping that someone who has some experience in Ortho coding can help me. When a provider does bilateral knee injections in the office, should I list each code (20610) separately with a RT & LT modifier OR do I enter one charge with 2 units and use modifier 50? Thanks for any feedback!


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    Columbia, MO
    It depends on the payer.. Medicare you use one line the 50 modifier and 1 unit. Other payers you use 2 lines one with the LT and one with the RT. surgical services should not have more than 1 unit regardless of the modifier... unless you have specific instructions in writing from the payer to use 2 units.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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