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Right modifier, wrong modifier?How can you tell?

Briefings on APCs, October 1, 2010

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Modifiers provide additional information about the service. For example, they might indicate that the service is separate and distinct from other services (e.g., modifier -25 or -59), that a service has been modified in some way from the original intent of a code (e.g., modifier -52), or that the service is linked to a specific anatomical site (e.g., modifiers -RT, -LT, -T1). (For more about common errors to avoid when using specific modifiers, see the related article on p. 9.)

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