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prostate culture and urine culture billed together

Nancy Posted Fri 03rd of June, 2016 10:29:51 AM
When a physician does a urine culture and also does a EPS culture in the same session, example 87086 and 87070, should an XU modifier be placed on 87070 overlapping? I have tried the XS modifier and Medicare denies the 87070. Thanks for you help on this.
SuperCoder Answered Mon 06th of June, 2016 06:10:27 AM
Thank you for your question. From the given information it seems appropriate to append modifier XU with 87070, or you may consider appending modifier 59, depending upon the details of this case.

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