Joint Injection during the Global Period

Joint Injection during the Global Period

May 3, 2018

Our physicians want to report 20610-79 when they perform a joint injection for pain following arthroscopic knee surgery.  Is that acceptable?

Thanks for your inquiry. Pain management is inclusive to the global surgical package and is not separately reportable.  To append a modifier 79 to a surgical procedure, the procedure is typically at a different anatomic location to support the unrelated component.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 05/03/18.

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