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Jun 10th, 2011 - cbishop 3 

Use modifier 52?

My surgeon created an incision for trigger finger release and discovered a fibrofatty mass associated with the A1 pulley. She removed the mass and proceeded with the trigger release. Can I bill both procedures and append modifier 52 - Reduced Services - to the mass removal? If not, what is the correct way to bill the service?
Thank you.

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Jun 15th, 2011 - jschmutz   323 

re: Use modifier 52?

The mass would be included since it was in the same operative opening. If it created significantly more work and the provider feels he should get reimbursed then you can add a 22 modifier.

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