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    Question icon mod 50 in CPT

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    This is my interpretation and need clarification on the 50 icon in cpt.
    If the 50 icon is next to the CPT code then it means that this procedure is a "bilateral procedure" and you report it once for both sides with no modifier.
    If this 50 icon is not present next to the CPT code then it is considered a "Unilateral" procedure unless the word Unilateral is in the description.
    Example: CPT 92225, there is no 50 icon therefore if done on both eyes you would report it with a 50 modifier. The Opthalmology Coding Companion clearly states that this is a unilateral procedure.
    Please if someone can clarify this for me I would greatly appreciate it. I think I'm going crazy.

    thank you,
    Susan Gormsen, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Duluth, Minnesota


    Susan - I don't know what 50icons you're talking about in the CPT book - I don't have any "icons" - I use the CPT 2008 Professional Edition - when the code description says "bilateral" or "bilateral or unilateral" in it - you do not use modifier .50 - what CPT book do you use?

    that being said - Bilateral surgery rules do not apply to code 92225 - do not use modifier 50 on 92225. (I guess that leaves you with using LT or RT or units x2)

    (per the RVU schedule status indicator #3 in the bilateral surgery column rules)

    {that's my opinion on the posted matter}
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Apr 2007


    the CPT expert is the book that has the icons

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    Thank you for you're response.
    I use CPT Expert

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