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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Follow These Dos and Don'ts of Using Modifier 78

Master similar modifiers to avoid confusion. Modifiers are important additions to your codes that, when appended correctly, can accurately represent the total costs of your provider. Modifier 78 is no exception. Look at its definition below: Modifier 78 (Unplanned return to the operating/procedure room by same physician or other qualified health care professional following initial procedure for a related procedure [...]