If you have trouble targeting just when modifiers 78 (Unplanned return to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period), 58 (Staged or related procedure or service by the same physician during thepostoperative period), and 79 (Unrelated procedure or service by the same physician during the postoperative period) apply to your claims, check out this handy flow chart which can lead you to the correct modifier decisions every time.
AUDIO: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Modifiers Guide. Avoid mayhem and denials.
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