Posted and filed under Coding, Fraud, FWA, Healthcare.

Fraud Spotlight: The Use & Abuse of Modifier 25

Retired OIG Special Agent and Advize’s Director of Litigation & FWA Support will be stepping in each week to examine current fraud trends from the lens of an investigator. Stay tuned for weekly insights, updates, and information on healthcare’s most expensive crimes.  Modifier 25.  It has been the bane of existence for fraud, waste and…

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Think Twice Before Appending Modifiers

Coding Modifiers In the English language, a modifier is used to describe the who, what, how, why, and/or where of a situation. Coding modifiers perform the same role for medical coders and billers. These types of modifiers further describe procedure codes without altering its original definition. Modifiers can be found in both the CPT and…

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Importance and Usage of Modifier 25

Modifier 25 Appropriate Use Modifier 25 indicates a “significant, separately identifiable evaluation & management (E&M) service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other therapeutic service.” Both services rendered must be significant, separate and distinct Medicare will not make separate payment unless the documentation supports significantly, separately identifiable service that…

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