For the Week of August 18, 2014
Is it appropriate to report a modifier when a chest x-ray is performed on the same day as critical care?
Yes, hospitals may use HCPCS modifier -59 to indicate when an ancillary procedure or service is distinct or independent from critical care when performed on the same day but during a different encounter. Payment for such services will not be conditionally packaged into the payment for critical care.
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