October 8, 2015
If I use one of the new ICD-10-CM codes for otitis media, do I still need to use the CPT modifier 50 for bilateral procedures when I bill for tympanostomy tube placement (69436)?
Good question! Changing diagnosis coding systems from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM does not change anything about CPT coding. The CPT coding system does not change at all with our change to ICD-10-CM for diagnosis coding. So, yes, you will still use modifier 50 or RT/LT or whatever modifiers you were using prior to October 1 to accurately report the bilateral procedure.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/08/15.