Medical billing concept - Modifier 24

Modifier 24 (Unrelated Evaluation and Management Service by the Same Physician During a Postoperative Period:)

The physician may need to indicate that an evaluation and management service was performed during a postoperative period for a reason(s) unrelated to the original procedure. This circumstance may be reported by adding the modifier '-24' to the appropriate level of E/M service.


Append to E&M services only
Only appropriate if the visit is not related to a global surgery service
Use if the operating physician or physician who has assumed postop care

performs an office visit during the postoperative period


Patient presents in the office with a sprained wrist during the postoperative period for a broken ankle. While learning how to ambulate on crutches, the patient fell and sprained a wrist.
Append -24 to the E&M code for the sprained wrist to indicate that the E&M service was unrelated to the broken ankle
Coding example: 99212-24

CPT code Modifiers
CPT modifier
CPT modifiers
ASC modifier SG
CPT modifier 51
CPT modifier 62 and 66
CPT Modifier 22 and 51
CPT modifier 22 and 24
CPT modifier 52 and 53
CPT modifier 26 and TC
CPT modifier 59
CPT anesthesia modifier codes
ASC modifiers
Modifier 59
CPT modifier 25
CPT modifier 24
CPT modifier 57
CPT modifier 78
CPT Modifier 79
Surgical modifiers
CPT modifier 58

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