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    Medical Coding Books
    General question...
    Does everyone bill for non-diagnostic studies? For example...

    PROCEDURE:RLQ FOR APPENDICITIS
    ULTRASOUND OF THE RIGHT LOWER QUADRANT:
    CLINICAL INDICATION: PAIN

    The appendix could not be visualized. Therefore, this is a nondiagnostic study. No abnormal fluid collections are seen in the right lower quadrant.

    IMPRESSION: Non-diagnostic study.

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    I would assume so, we did the procedure, maybe I should reduce the charge with modifier 52?

    Thanks all,

    Jessica O'Donnell CPC

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    Default 52 mod
    We would use the 52 mod unless they d/ced the study then add the 53 mod

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