Reimbursement is based on a percentage of the fee schedule or contracted/negotiated rate for the surgical procedure. Currently:

  • Modifier 54 (surgical care only) is reimbursed at 80%.
  • Modifier 55 (postoperative management only) is reimbursed 20%.
  • Anthem Blue Cross does not allow separate reimbursement for Modifier 56.


Effective March 1, 2021, Anthem Blue Cross will continue to reimburse on a percentage of the fee schedule or contracted negotiated rates for the surgical procedure. However, the following rates have been amended:

  • Modifier 55 (postoperative management only) will be reimbursed at 30%.


For additional information, review the Split-Care Surgical Modifiers reimbursement policy at


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December 2020 Anthem Blue Cross Provider News - California