Cardiology Question for the Week of June 20, 2016

Question:

Question:

Is modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) or modifier -XU (unusual non-overlapping service) better to use for a diagnostic cardiac catheterization that led to a decision to place a coronary stent at the same session?

Answer:

Answer:

At the present time, either would be appropriate. Modifier usage is specific to each payer, so check with your local Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for its guidelines.