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General Surgery Coding Alert

Modifier Quiz:
Test Your 58/78 Know-How With 'Return to Surgery' Scenarios

See how one error can cost your practice plenty. You learned how to choose the appropriate global-period modifier last month with "3 Tips Distinguish 58 and 78 to Impact Your Bottom Line" (General Surgery Coding Alert Vol. 14, No. 3). Now you have a chance to quiz yourself to make sure you can save your surgeon lost revenue when she provides a related procedure during the postoperative period. "You need to master when and how to use global period modifiers, or you could erroneously reduce the pay your surgeon receives for services following an initial procedure," says Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CCS-P, CPC-H, CCS, CPC-P, COBGC, CCC, manager of compliance education for the University of Washington Physicians Compliance Program in Seattle. Make sure to consider the following modifiers as you try your hand at coding the following scenarios: 58 -- Staged or related procedure or service by the same provider during the [...]


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