Using modifier 66 (team surgery) Q&A
March 4th, 2009 - Mary LeGrand
Multiple Surgeons, Different Procedures
Do I use modifier 66 (team surgery) when our General surgeon is operating on a child during the same session as a plastic surgeon doing a cleft palate repair or a urologist performing a urologic procedure such as a circumcision?
No, team surgery (modifier 66) occurs when multiple surgeons are performing multiple parts of the same procedure code. In your scenarios, each surgeon submits his/her own claim identifying only the surgical procedure s/he performed. Indicate in the operative note the presence of the other surgeon and that they will dictate their procedure independently.
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