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Pain Management Coding Alert

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Take Care When Coding Same-Side Facet Joint Injections

Question: Our specialist administered several facet joint injections and appended modifier 50 to represent multiple levels, but we only got paid for one level. What did we do wrong? Louisiana Subscriber Answer: If the injections occur on the same side of the spine, you won’t append modifier 50, according to results that recovery audit contractors (RACs) recently provided to CMS, which [...]


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