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Modifier and attempted procedure?

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    I am hoping someone can help me. My provider attempted to do a hysteroscopy and D&C and was unable to complete the procedure. Since I will need to code this with a modifier, would a global period apply. My thoughts are no since the procedure was not done but I would like to be sure.

    Thanks for any thoughts


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    Albany, New York
    What modifier were you considering?

    I would think global period would not be an issue.
    Karen Maloney, CPC
    Data Quality Specialist

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    Look at Modifier 52 (Reduced Services) or Modifies 53 (Discontinued Services). The one you choose depends on the circumstances.

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    Since procedure was attempted but not completed, the appropriate modifier for an incomplete procedure would be 53 (discontinued procedure). This indicates that procedure may be completed at a later date and therefore the global period does not apply.

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