In the March 2022, edition of the Provider News, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) announced a new commercial policy titled Multiple Bilateral Surgery Processing - Facility effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2022. The policy indicated that Modifier 50 must be appended to facility claims when a bilateral procedure is performed. At this time, we have decided to remove this requirement for dates of service on or after January 1, 2022. Bilateral services should be billed as they were billed prior to January 1, 2022. The policy will be updated to remove the following:

 

  • Modifier 50 must be appended to facility claims when a bilateral procedure is performed.
  • When a surgical procedure code description contains the terminology bilateral or unilateral or bilateral or the code is considered inherently bilateral, modifiers LT, RT, or 50 should not be appended.

 

In addition, the policy title will be renamed to Multiple Surgery - Facility.

 

For specific policy details, visit the reimbursement policy page at anthem.com provider website.

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December 2022 Anthem Provider News - Georgia