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  1. Default Intent
    Medical Coding Books
    Can someone help me on this procedure? procedure is hysteroscopy, dilatation and currettage (failed), Pratt dilators were used in an attempt to dilate the internal os: however I was unable to dilate the internal os , thus I was also unable to pass the hysteroscope, so that part of the procedure was abandoned. Endocervical curettage was then carried out. How would you code, an auditor told us a long time ago that we were to code the procedure and put 52 on as the "intent" was there to do the hysteroscopy. I don't really understand that so can someone explain this to me. thanks alice

  2. #2
    Milwaukee WI
    Default 52 vs 53 modifiers
    I was taught to use these two modifiers as follows:
    -52 modifier for reduced service - when the provider PLANNED to do a reduced procedure

    -53 modifier for discontinued procedure - when the provider INTENDED to perform the entire procedure, but due to difficulties out of his/her control, was unable to complete the procedure.

    From your original post, I would think the -53 modifier would be most appropriate to your scenario.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. Default re-intent
    Yes it does thank you, alice

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