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Providers are using modifier 78 less, and getting fewer denials

Effective Oct 7, 2021
Published Oct 11, 2021
Last Reviewed Oct 7, 2021
It looks as if providers have cut way back on their use of modifier 78 (Unplanned return to the operating room by the same physician fol-lowing initial procedure for a related procedure during the postoperative period). In 2019, the modifier appeared on a mere 94,255 claims, a major drop from 2015, when it was claimed more than 531,000 times.

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