Respiratory Question for the Week of December 9, 2019

Respiratory Compliance Question of the Week


When is modifier 59 used?


Modifier 59 is used to indicate that a procedure is distinct or independent from other procedures that are performed on the same day. Its use communicates to the MAC that these procedures are not usually reported together but are appropriate under the circumstances. To accurately report this modifier, append modifier 59 to the column 2 code.

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