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#1 Posted : Thursday, September 14, 2017 2:17:47 PM(UTC)
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my Dr is going to do AICBG bilateral, does this code bill bilaterally with modifier 50 or 51?
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#2 Posted : Friday, September 15, 2017 8:38:02 AM(UTC)
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Hi Guest!

Since the gone graft codes specify mandibular & maxillary, there is no need to use the 50 modifier (which stands for Bilateral Procedures). Modifier 51 stands for multiple surgeries/procedures.

Bone grafting codes:
21210 - Graft, bone; nasal, maxillary or malar areas (includes obtaining graft)
21215 - Graft, bone; mandible (includes obtaining graft)
**use modifier -52 for reduced services when bone is not obtained from patient

Hope this helps!
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:13:02 PM(UTC)
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Does 99203, 21210 and 21215 need any modifier? If yes, I have auth for these cpt codes but do not know if I should call insurance company back and update adding the modifier.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:39:19 AM(UTC)
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Hi Guest!

Very likely yes!

So, for the bone graft codes 21210 & 21215, if bone was not harvested from the patient, you'll want to use modifier 52 for reduced services.
Also for 21210 & 21215, if they were performed on the same date of service, you'll want to add modifier 51 on the lower priced of the two, to indicate multiple surgeries/procedure on the same date of service.

Also, if 99203 is billed on the same date as the 21210 & 21215, you'll want to add modifier 25 to indicate it is a separately identifiable E&M service performed on the same date as the procedure(s).

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#5 Posted : Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:41:42 PM(UTC)
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This has always been controversial - is bone grafting billed per arch or per quadrant? Can you bill 2 units of 21210 or 2 units of 21215 on the same day if performed in 2 quadrants in the same jaw?
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#6 Posted : Friday, December 18, 2020 9:42:12 AM(UTC)
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Hi Guest!

Great question. We have actually seen different medical insurers process these differently!
As you mentioned, some medical insurers prefer the units to be correlated with the quadrants (i.e. 2 units of 21210 for UR and UL quadrants), while we have seen some prefer it to be billed as 1 unit. We recommend using the JO qualifiers to indicate the quadrants on the line item.

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#7 Posted : Friday, December 18, 2020 11:35:37 AM(UTC)
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Hi Guest!

Great question. We have actually seen different medical insurers process these differently!
As you mentioned, some medical insurers prefer the units to be correlated with the quadrants (i.e. 2 units of 21210 for UR and UL quadrants), while we have seen some prefer it to be billed as 1 unit. We recommend using the JO qualifiers to indicate the quadrants on the line item.

Hope this helps!




What about Medicare? I have found they deny mutually inclusive if you bill 2 units.


I have also heard others tell scary stories about audits involved with billing 2 units of bone grafting and not only 1. My doctor is concerned that he will get in trouble for billing 2 units.
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#8 Posted : Sunday, February 28, 2021 5:47:20 PM(UTC)
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Do you need the dental provider to bill the CPT code 21210 to be credentialed in medical insurance to get paid?

Please advise, thank you.

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#9 Posted : Monday, March 1, 2021 9:03:41 AM(UTC)
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Hi Guest!

There some some medical insurers who require that providers enroll as an out-of-network provider in order to process claims (I.e. Tricare, certain BCBS's, etc). Some medical insurers will simply ask the provider to submit a copy of their W-9 when the first claim is sent.

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