June 30, 2022
Can I bill an office visit in the global period if the diagnosis is different from why I did the original procedure?
Yes, as long as the diagnosis is not for a related issue (e.g., complication from the original procedure). The documentation must be clear that the condition is unrelated to the original procedure and reflect a clear plan of treatment for the new/unrelated issue. You will then append modifier 24 (unrelated E/M in a global period) to the E/M code.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/30/22.
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