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    Question Unsuccessful Procedure?

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    In billing for a cervical epidural (62310); our MD could not get to the epidural space. Is there a way I can still bill for the attempt even though it was not successful? Note: This is being billed to a patients medpay for an auto accident. Any help would be VERY appreciated!

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Salt Lake City


    did the needle puncture the skin? I would think you could bill it with a 53 modifier.
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    Apr 2007
    Santa Rosa

    Default -53 modifier

    I agree. If not even minimally successful in getting into epidural space, -53 makes sense

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    Default Thanks!

    It did puncture the skin but we could not get to the space. I am not familiar with the -53 modifier for an epidural because this is the first time we have not been successful. I will definitely use that though, thank you so much for your help!!!

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