I provided split post-op care to a patient who had cataract surgery by another doctor. I added the split post-op care modifier to my visit code, but the service was not paid. Why?

Answer:
CPT modifier 55, which indicates split post-op care, may only be submitted with surgery codes. If the surgeon performed cataract surgery CPT code 66984, submit CPT code/modifier 66984-55 (using the surgery date) and provide the documentation required for CPT modifier 55.

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