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Modifier Madness:

Keep 78/79 in Separate Buckets With This Advice

Unplanned postop procedures separated by OR question. When the surgeon needs to perform an unplanned procedure during a patient’s postoperative period, coders need to be ready to choose between a pair of modifiers to make sure the claim is compliant. The lowdown: Modifiers 78 (Unplanned return to the operating/procedure room by the same physician or other qualified health care professional following [...]