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Co-surgeon

Susan Posted Tue 28th of July, 2015 14:51:30 PM

When you bill for cosurgeon on a case that is a bilateral case, for example 63030, the surgeon is working on the right and the other physician is working on the left side; both code 63030 with a modifier or they each code 63030 lt, 63030 rt. what is correct way;

63030(62)
or
63030 (rt)
63030(lt)

SuperCoder Answered Tue 28th of July, 2015 23:30:43 PM

Modifier 62 should be used when 2 surgeons work together as primary surgeons performing distinct part(s) of a single procedure, each surgeon should report his/her distinct operative work by adding modifier 62 to the procedure code for that procedure as long as both surgeons continue to work together as primary surgeons. Each surgeon should report the co-surgery once using the same procedure code. But in above case, CPT 63030 can be billed with RT/LT modifier and different surgeons work on different side. So you can bill CPT 63030-RT (for 1st surgeon) and 63030-LT modifier (for 2nd surgeon).

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