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    Default Would i use a modifier for this case?

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    Pat. had planed Hysteroscope, D&C for sterilization..was attempted but failed then converted to Laparoscopic B/L tubal ligation with falope-ring...

    would i code both cpt codes and use a modifier for the failed procedure? if so, which one? thanks.

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    Don't quote me - I have no reference material in front of me at this moment but I believe that the heirarchy is that if you set out to perform a procedure and it has to be converted, you would then only capture the charge for the completed procedure...


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    oh, thanks. i was thinking that the original procedure that failed would be coded with modifier 52 (reduced services)?

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    Joyce is correct. Only code the surgery that it was converted to

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    Ok..then when is modifier 52 applied? thanks

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