It is not uncommon for a patient to present to the office for a visit during a surgical global period. An example is a patient who had cataract surgery two months ago who is now presenting for a previously scheduled glaucoma evaluation.
It is important to note that anytime a patient is seen during the global period for a reason RELATED to surgery, the visit is included in the surgical package fee. Which means, the visit and any related testing should not be billed.
If the visit is UNRELATED to surgery, the visit and any special testing can be submitted for reimbursement through the addition of a modifier. Office visits should carry the "-24" modifier while any special testing such as OCTs, VFs, or fundus photos would be appended with "-79" modifier.