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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Add-On Codes:

Adopt These Tips To Improve Your Add-On Code Success

Beware of modifier 51 for add-on procedures. Add-on codes can augment your payment for additional procedures that your surgeon does; if you’re omitting or adding these improperly, chances are you’re losing deserved pay with every claim. Read on for a refresher on reporting the base code and accurately documenting the indication and the procedure for add-ons to unblock jammed payment. [...]