AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Modier 53

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Modier 53

    AAPC: Back to School
    Our office experienced rolling black outs in Feb. One on my physicians had a patient in the OR, under anesthesia, when all of the sudden, the power went out. The procedure had to be discontinued. He did perform the surgery 2 days later, successfully.

    Can he bill the procedure code with a modifier 53? I know you can bill this if something like irregular heart beat starts or something to that effect, but I'm not sure about power outages.

  2. #2

    Default blackouts

    I don't see why not. I would send the OP note with it, hopefully it explained what had happened. What did anesthesia do? Are they billing?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    Yes you may bill this with a 53, you also need a V64.x (I would use V64.3) as a secondary dx code and link it to the procedure as well.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

Similar Threads

  1. Modier 25 and diagnostic test on same day
    By mlburnett in forum Modifiers
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-15-2013, 06:41 PM
  2. Modier 25 again
    By sallen7113 in forum Modifiers
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-16-2013, 03:25 PM
  3. modier 24
    By rychastrin in forum Urology
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-23-2012, 10:48 AM
  4. cx surgery 58563 modier?
    By Onelm in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-23-2008, 10:14 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.