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Modifier V8, V9


V8 Dialysis related infection present during the billing month (documented and treated)

V9 No dialysis related infection present during the billing month


These modifiers are 'Line level codes' to be reported on dialysis revenue code lines:

Modifier V8

Reportable dialysis access-related infection is limited to peritonitis for peritoneal dialysis patients or bacteremia for hemodialysis patients.

Facilities must report any peritonitis related to a peritoneal dialysis catheter and any bacteremia related to hemodialysis access (including arteriovenous fistula, arteriovenous graft, or vascular catheter) if identified during the billing month.

For individuals that receive different modalities of dialysis during the billing month and an infection is identified, the V8 code should only be indicated on the claim for the patient’s primary dialysis modality at the time the infection was first suspected.

Non-access related infections should not be coded as V8.

If no dialysis-access related infection is present by this definition, providers should instead report modifier V9.

Modifier V9

No dialysis-access related infection, as defined for modifier V8, is present during the billing month.

Dialysis access-related infection, defined as peritonitis for peritoneal dialysis patients or bacteremia for hemodialysis patients, must be reported using modifier V8.

Providers must report any peritonitis related to a peritoneal dialysis catheter and any bacteremia related to hemodialysis access (including arteriovenous fistula, arteriovenous graft, or vascular catheter) using modifier V8.

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