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  • Billing ultrasound same day as cataract surgery

    Question: One of my doctors had to do cataract surgery on a severe mentally ill person but had to do the ultrasound same day while the patient was under anesthesia. What code and modifier should I use, and  can I charge the ultrasound at all?

    Answer: You can charge the professional component of the ultrasound with modifier -26 and the place of service to match the facility. It is as if the facility owns the equipment.