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RT modifier conflict

Amy Posted Fri 06th of December, 2019 06:19:13 AM
provider performs incision and drainage to left abdomen and left breast. can i give LT modifier in this scinario
Amy Posted Fri 06th of December, 2019 06:30:02 AM
if provider performs only left abdomen can we give LT modifier?
SuperCoder Answered Mon 09th of December, 2019 06:56:00 AM


Thanks for your question.

Modifier LT illustrates that a provider performs a procedure on the left side of a patient’s body. LT represents the left anatomical side of the body, when the body contains the same anatomical part on both the right and left side of the body. The provider applies LT in the case of procedures he performs on the left side of a paired organ such as the kidneys, lungs, legs, eyes, or ears.

As per Tips of AMA for modifier RT, if the provider performs the service on an organ which is not paired, such as the right side of the back, do not append modifier RT, since there is only one back.

In the above scenario, left breast incision and drainage can be appended with modifier LT or RT, but for abdomen modifier LT or RT should not be used.

Hope this helps.


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