Definition: Increased Procedural Service requiring work substantially greater than typically required.
The RIGHT WAY:
When the modifier 22 is used, two separate documents will be required to support the claim:
Important Information for Billing and Documentation
Based on Medicare's Guideline of which most payers does follow Medicare's Guideline. So pay attention on this:
If you append a 22 modifier to a procedure you will receive an Additional Documentation Request (ADR) letter requesting medical records to support the use of the 22 Modifier. It is important that both the operative report and a separate concise statement on why it was beyond the normal difficulty be returned with a copy of the ADR letter. Failure to submit the statement and documentation in a timely fashion will result in processing of the claim with the fee schedule rate for the same surgery submitted without the 22 modifier.
When developing a separate statement avoid using a generalized statement. Comments like "patient was obese" or "surgery took longer than usual" or "multiple adhesions" lack specific details which identify why the procedure was beyond the normal difficulties that could be encountered with the procedure. Further, it is important that your operative note supports the statement on why the surgical procedure was beyond the ordinary range of difficulty.
For unassigned claims, an increase in the limiting charge is allowed only when a charge above the fee schedule amount is justified.
Reference CMS Manual Instruction:
The CMS Internet-Only Manual (IOM) Publication 100-04, Chapter 12 , Section 20.4.6 shows the requirements for using this modifier.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ms. Pinky Maniri-Pescasio is the CEO and Founder of GoHealthcare Consulting. She is a National Speaker on Practice Reimbursement and a Physician Advocate. She has served the Medical Practice Industry for more than 25 years as a Professional Consultant.