A surgeon performs a diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy before repairing a patient’s rotator cuff. The surgeon knew ahead of time that he or she would be repairing the rotator cuff. Should a coder or biller append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to the CPT® code for the diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy to ensure reimbursement for both procedures?
HCPCS code C1882 (cardioverter-defibrillator, other than single or dual chamber [implantable]) will once again meet the criteria to override the device-to-procedure edit for CPT® code 33249 (insertion or replacement of permanent pacing cardioverter-defibrillator system with transvenous lead[s], single or dual chamber).
In this month's issue, our coding experts answer questions about how to differentiate between modifiers -52, -73, -74, coding for negative pressure wound therapy, and billing the technical component of pathology services.