Port Placement within a Global Period   

Port Placement within a Global Period   

April 1, 2021

Question:
Our general surgeon performed a radical mastectomy and is now performing a port placement, at a separate session, for the patient. What modifier should we use on the port placement since both procedures are related to her diagnosis of breast cancer?

Answer:
Although the diagnosis for each procedure is breast cancer, the procedures themselves are unrelated, so modifier 79 Unrelated Procedure during a global period is the correct modifier.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 4/1/21.

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