53 Modifier

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We received a denial from Medicare S. Dakota because we added a 53 modifier to the Anesthesia code. Never knew this was the case. Has anyone had this problem before? If so what did you do to get the claim paid? Thanks..
 

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Our local carrier does not want the 53 modifier. They say they can tell the service was discontinued by the anesthesia time. I question the accuracy of that statement but if we want to get paid, we don't use it. We do use the V64.x dx codes though.
 
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