Pauline Posted Wed 06th of March, 2013 17:19:56 PM
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 (http://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/9795.html):
-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.
Also review www.mediclaimclass.net/resources/07W-CAAPCWkrs%20Comp.ppt