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    How do we code for an unsuccessful lumbar puncture? Can we only bill the kit?

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    Is there documenation to support a discontinued service modifier?

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    Depending on the circumstances and setting you may be able to use one of the following modifiers:
    52, 53, 73 or 74

    * 73 & 74 (use for hospital outpatient, not for physician coding)

    Hope this helps,
    Anthony McCallum, CPC, CIRCC, CPC-I, CCS

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