tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2012 Issue 1

Clip and Save: Easy Reference Simplifies Your 73 or 74 Selection

Tip: Your choice hinges on anesthesia administration. The distinguishing factor between modifiers 73 and 74 is the point at which the procedure was canceled. Let these simple examples guide your modifier reporting: The patient is taken into the surgical suite and prepped for the procedure. Before anesthesia is administered, the physician cancels the procedure because of circumstances that threaten the patient's well-being. Report modifier 73 with the appropriate surgical code for the intended procedure. The patient is taken into the surgical suite and prepped for the procedure, including anesthesia administration. The physician determines that the procedure should not continue...

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