Post-surgery modifiers primer – Ophthalmic Professional

Surgical CPT modifiers, which apply to claims within a global period after an initial surgery on a patient, are commonly used but often misunderstood. Failure to use them properly and in the correct circumstances can result in lower reimbursement than your office should otherwise be entitled. As a result, it’s important to use them properly.

Here, I describe some appropriate scenarios for these confusing post-surgery modifiers.

This article addresses the following topics:

  • Modifier 79
  • Modifier 58
  • Modifier 78

This article was published in Ophthalmic Professional’s Coding  column, and written by Corcoran’s Senior Consultant, Paul Larson, COE. To view the entire article in Ophthalmic Professional, click on the link below:

http://www.ophthalmicprofessional.com/articleviewer.aspx?articleID=112380

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