Cerebral Angiograms and Modifier 26

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Question:

The prior cerebral angiogram codes in the 70000 series of CPT codes required a 26 modifier. Do we append a 26 modifier to the new codes?

Answer:

The new cervicocerebral angiogram codes are now surgical codes in the 30000 series of CPT codes, not radiology codes. Therefore, they do not require a 26 modifier to indicate the physician is performing the professional component only. Like other surgical codes, these new codes reflect only the physician’s work.