Perhaps recognizing the massive undertaking for coding and HIM departments in 2015 with the implementation of ICD-10, the latest CPT® update includes a relatively small 367 changes for 2016. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CEMC, CCS-P, review updates to the digestive system and E/M codes.
Modifier -52 is used to report procedures that are partially reduced or eliminated at the provider’s discretion. Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, looks at how the modifier should be applied in hospitals and tips for compliance.
While providers are still awaiting further guidance on the four modifiers CMS introduced as subsets of modifier -59 (distinct procedural service), the latest NCCI Manual does include clarification for certain scenarios involving the modifier.