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    Default ? Modifier CABG & Carotid Endarterectomy

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    During the same operative session one of my cardiovascular surgeons did a carotid endarterectomy at the beginning of the case and after he completed the procedure, the pt was placed on bypass and another of my surgeons did a coronary artery bypass x 3. Neither surgeon assisted each other. I cannot find a modifier that describes this scenario, sooooo I'm thining I don't need one?? Will someone either agree with me or lead me to an appropriate modifier. Thx!

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    Smile Cpc, cgsc

    After reading your scenario, I would bill for each physician separately.

    In the case where the surgeon's assist each other, then of course it would need a 62 modifier.

    But if each surgeon performed their own surgery and it is in the same setting, I would would bill each one separately, and if the surgeons are in the "same group" I would add a 59 modifier to the second surgery.

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