Reporting complications does not need to be complicated

By Margaret M. Maley, BSN, MS

Treating surgical complications can be difficult, but reporting them can be straightforward—particularly if you have a thorough understanding of modifier 78. The definition of modifier 78 is an “unplanned return to the operating/procedure room by the same physician following initial procedure for a related procedure during the postoperative period.”

The following example can provide a better understanding of how to use modifier 78.

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