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Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Study Code Descriptors to Arrive at Modifier 50 Decision

‘Bilateral’ in descriptor means modifier 50’s a no-no. At times, an otolaryngologist will need to perform the same procedure on both sides of the patient’s body. When this occurs, you might be able to report the procedure code with modifier 50 (Bilateral procedure) appended — but not always, say those in the know. The rundown: Code correctly with modifier 50, [...]