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Pauline Posted Wed 06th of March, 2013 17:19:56 PM

Does modifier 93translator/interpreter pertian to work comp only? Can it be used with other payers including mediare?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 12th of March, 2013 21:43:19 PM

Modifier 93 appears specific to California WC.

According to Chapter 4.5, Division of Workers' Compensation (

-93 Interpreter needed at time of examination, or other circumstances which impair communication between the physician and the injured worker and significantly increase the time needed to conduct the examination. Requires a description of the circumstance and the increased time required for the examination as a result. Where this modifier is applicable, the value for the procedure is modified by multiplying the normal value by 1.1.

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