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Modifier 59 replaced with new codes in 2015
Modifier 59 is used very often in diagnostic and surgical procedure codes. But, in 2015 we will have new codes along with modifier 59. First change for 2015 in modifier is already declared. Modifier 59 which was so coder friendly will be used only when not very specific in 2015. But, we will hope the new codes will be easy to apply with cpt codes. Let check the new codes which will be used to give more specific information in place of modifier 59 in 2015. Now in future if we come across one view of chest x ray 71010 with two view of chest x ray 71020 on same day we have to use any one modifier below to bill both the cpt codes in the profession of medical coding.
-XE: Separate Encounter, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Occurred During A Separate Encounter
-XS: Separate Structure, A Service That is Distinct Because It Was Performed On A Separate Organ/Structure
-XP: Separate Practitioner, A Service That is Distinct Because It Was Performed By A Different Practitioner
-XU: Unusual Non-Overlapping Service, The Use Of A Service That Is Distinct Because It Does Not Overlap Usual Components Of The Main Service
The new codes along with modifier 59 awareness has already started. Medical coder should be prepared to use these new codes in future. This is just a starting because we will going to have many changes by 2015. CMS Releases 4 New Modifiers to Replace Modifier 59