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    We have a case that the surgery was cancelled before the patient was inducted. Could you help with what code to use?

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    If anesthesia medicine was given to patient before the cancellation, we bill time only (no base) with a modifier 53 (discontinued). If no medicine was given before cancellation, we bill an E/M if the documentation supports it.

    Hope this helps,

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    Hi Kellie,

    No meds were given so that is what was throwing us off.
    Thank you very much for your help.

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