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Radiology Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Not All X-Ray Claims Qualify For Modifier 50

Question: When can we append modifier 50 to bilateral X-ray claims? New York Subscriber Answer: If the X-ray code includes the word “Bilateral” in the descriptor, you should not add a modifier to show that the test is bilateral. You should know how to report the appropriate codes and modifiers when you do report a unilateral code bilaterally. What is modifier 50? [...]


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