Unsuccessful TEE

bportcardio

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I have one physician that does TEE at the hospital. He has done a few in the last few weeks that have been unsuccessful due to the patient could not successfull swallow the probe. Is there a modifier or a way to code and still bill this as unsuccessful?
 

amneske

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I was taught that you can not bill for an unsecessful TEE. Usually it is followed up with a TEE with general anesthesia, then you can bill for that. Otherwise, they do not pay for it if it was not completed
 
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