|May 2006 · Vol. 18, No. 5
The setting determines code for nonstress test
RN, CPC-OGS, MA
Never use the technical component modifier, even if you performed the nonstress test personally
Independent coding and documentation consultant; former program manager, Department of Coding and Nomenclature, American, College of Obstetricians, and Gynecologists
Q Can I bill a nonstress test (NST) 59025 with TC (Technical component) as a modifier?
A A physician never uses the -TC modifier, even if he or she personally performed the NST. If this procedure is performed in the hospital, the -TC modifier is reported by the hospital for the use of the equipment.