My physician started to perform an inpatient EGD on a patient. When she got to the stomach it was discovered the stomach was filled with fresh blood that could not be cleared. Pt was considered high risk for aspiration therefore the procedure was aborted in order to intubate the patient for airway protection and then the patient was taken from the GI Lab to the OR for further intervention. In the OR the EGD with control of bleed was successfully performed.
Can we bill the initial procedure 43235 with the modifier 53 and then bill the 43255?