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    How would you code an "attempted tracheostomy"? Patient was brought to OR and tracheostomy tube was insertered however there was an obstruction so the tube was removed. Several attempts were done....need help, thanks

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    Apr 2007
    Westin, FL

    Default Discontinued Procedure

    You would code the procedure with the modifier 53, for the physician's decision to terminate the procedure due to extenuating circumstances or those that threaten the well being of the patient. This modifier is not used for elective cancellation of a procedure prior to the patient's anesthesia.

    Jody A. Reiner, CPC-H

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    Apr 2007
    orange, ca


    i agree with Jody....code it with the -53 modifier since it was attempted and discontinued.

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    oops sorry this is an inpatient case. i don't think i would code it?? what do you think?

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    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Who are you coding for?

    Was the tracheostomy incidental to other procedure(s) done in OR? Was the tracheostomy incidental to anesthesia?

    If yes to either of above, then, NO, don't code it.

    If NO to abvoe questions, then go with the -53 modifier.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Apr 2007
    Jacksonville, FL River City Chapter


    The spring '91 CPT Assistant says to use -52 for attempted procedures. Here is an excerpt:

    "...modifier -52, reduced services, is used to describe a situation when a service or procedure is partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's election. For example, a flexible fiberoptic esophagoscopy was ATTEMPTED and the physician could not complete the entire procedure due to obstruction or other complication, you would report 43200-52 to describe that the procedure was reduced."

    Seth Canterbury, CPC, ACS-EM

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