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FT - JE Part B

Modifier FT

Unrelated critical care evaluation and management (E/M) visit during a postoperative period, or on the same day as a procedure or another E/M visit.


This modifier is used to report a critical care E/M visit during the global period of a procedure is not related to the operative procedure.

Correct Use

  • Critical care requires full attention of the physician, and the critical care is above and beyond, and unrelated to the specific anatomic injury or general surgical procedure performed.
  • Critical care services reported on same day as another E/M visit must be provided after the initial E/M service, and before the patient required critical care.
  • When critical care is unrelated, append modifier to critical care service.
  • Documentation supports medically reasonable and necessary service for the diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury to improve the functioning of a malformed body member.

Incorrect Use

  • Critical care is during a global period and is related to the operative procedure.
  • Critical care was performed prior to another E/M service on the same day.



Last Updated Mon, 31 Oct 2022 18:34:52 +0000