Modifier changes for 2008

By Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P CPC

A modifier is a 2-digit code appended to a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code to indicate that a service or procedure has been altered by some specific circumstance, but has not changed in its definition or code. Exceptions to the 2-digit code are the anesthesia modifiers and the use of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) modifiers for toes and fingers.

In 2008, some modifiers were changed. This column will cover the changes for modifiers 22, 25, and 76. Next month, we’ll look at the changes for modifiers 51, 58, 59, and 78.

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