IUD Removal - Pt came in for removal of IUD,

thressat

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Pt came in for removal of IUD, could not be done because of stenotic os, thinking I will use mod 52 with 58301. Any thoughts?
 
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Discontinued? Never started?

Not my area of expertise, but ...

Did the physician begin the procedure and discontinue due to stenotic os?
If so, then I'd use -53 modifier.

I learned that the -52 modifier is for circumstances where the physician completes a procedure that is less than the described procedure, i.e. the plan was to do something less than the full procedure. While the -53 modifier is used when some unforeseen circumstance requires that the procedure be discontinued. I think this more clearly describes the scenario you have given.

However, if the physician didn't get any farther along than examining the patient, then you might only have an E/M code.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M
 

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Procedure was actually started and discontinued because of stenotic os. I went with 52 and not 53 because according to the ACOG manuel 53 is only used if the pt undergo's anesthesia induction.
 

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I agree with FTessaBartels :)
read the description of 53 again... the part about the anesthesia is for "hospital out patient", in which case you wouldn't use 53, you'd be appending 73 or 74.
{that's my opinion on the posted matter}
 
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