Deciphering documentation is frequently the most difficult aspect of coding. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about what documented information coders can use to assign codes—and what to do when that information is lacking.
Modifier -58 describes a staged or related procedure or service by the same provider during the postoperative period. For outpatient hospitals, the postoperative period is defined as the same service date.
Q: When our pharmacy mixes medications for infusion, they sometimes have to waste a part of the vial that was opened. They log this in the pharmacy log, which they keep in the department. We have been billing the full amount of the drug that was in the vial and have had no issues with getting paid. Our pharmacist came from a regional meeting and told us that this is going to change.