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Three new modifiers added for outpatient 'never events'

APCs Insider, July 31, 2009

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CMS introduced three new modifiers for use with the occurrence of three ‘never events’ in its July quarterly update to the I/OCE.
 
The new modifiers are:
  • PA (surgical or invasive procedure on the wrong body part)
  • PB (surgical or invasive procedure on the wrong patient)
  • PC (wrong surgery or invasive procedure on a patient)
CMS added the modifiers, which apply to ‘never events’ identified by the National Quality Forum, to the list of valid modifiers, effective January 1.
 
Continue reading “Three new modifiers added for outpatient never events” on the HCPro Web site. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in their August issue.



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