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Thread: Mod -52 vs. -53

  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    orange, ca

    Default Mod -52 vs. -53

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    Hi I have a doctor that attempted an unsuccessful PICC placement on a patient due to tortous veins.....do i code with modifier -52 or -53?

    The doctor preped and cannulated the vein, then inserted the wire for the PICC cath but it wasn't able to advance....

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default 53 discontinued service

    I was taught that you use the -52 modifier only when you PLANNED to do less than the full procedure.

    If you unable to complete a procedure after beginning it (when you had planned to do the entire procedure), you use the -53 modifier.

    In your scenario, I'd use a -53 modifier.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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