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Thread: Modifier 78 or 79? - I have a patient who had an unrelated

  1. #11
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    Wow, that is great and I really appreciate all the quick replies and feedback! I think I will go with 79 modifier after all

  2. #12
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    Salt Lake City


    You are right I found an article that shared an example of cataract surgery on the left eye the right eye a few months later and they billed it with a 79 modifier, I have a hard time making sense of that in my brain lol
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    I agree with the 79. This was discussed in a Neurosurgical coding seminar and we were told to use 79. It is a totally different hand, so 79 would be the correct modifier.

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    Jamaica, NY


    79 is the better modifier to use... unrelated even if the same procedure is being rendered. Remember, it is a different site/location.

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