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Cancellation of SX After Taken to OR

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    Default Cancellation of SX After Taken to OR
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    Any help I can get on this will be appreciated. My doc wants to bill something for this, but I'm not quite sure what I can do. Use 27447 w/56 mod "pre-op mgmt only" or maybe use an established outpt visit (9921x) since the pt would have still been an outpatient at the time. Using the procedure code with 53 mod "discontinued proc" doesn't seem quite right since the procedure had not actually started. (I'm assuming the anesthesia had been started since he was in recovery for a while - if that's the case, I'll get my doc to ammend that). So, help, please! Marge
    This is a gentleman who I have followed in the office and he is scheduled for
    a left total knee at this time.

    The patient was seen in the preoperative area and his leg got slight redness
    over the anterolateral and medial aspect of his distal tibia. He was taken to
    surgery with the plans of proceeding with his total knee, however in surgery
    with better lighting it was noted that his leg seemed to be more red than I
    had appreciated in the preoperative area. It was felt that this possibly
    could be some early cellulitis. He has had his vein taken from this leg for
    coronary artery bypass. He does have some mild excoriations over the leg in
    this area and his surgery was canceled.

    <--------------------> was moved to the recovery room, I did discuss this with
    him later, about an hour and a half later in the recovery room but we did
    discuss it with his family immediately and we talked by phone initially and
    then face to face. They say that he has had some redness here for many years
    since his previous heart surgery. They say that it bothers him, there is some
    possibility that he might have a fungus and he scratches this, they did relate
    that his skin is very sensitive and possibly now that the hair was removed
    from the leg and that the irritation from just removing the hair that it
    looked more red. Certainly I felt this looked more red than I remember it in
    the office and when I got better lighting it looked more red than I had
    appreciated it in the preoperative area. I felt the safest thing was not to
    proceed with surgery. I have discussed that with the patient but I also
    discussed it with his family. Our plan will be to reinstitute his
    anticoagulants and we have called
    Dr. "X" and she wants him back given Coumadin today and on Fragmin for 2
    days. We are going to place him on Levaquin.
    Will see him in the office in followup and we would hope to proceed with the
    surgery later in the fall. I just think this needs to be evaluated prior to
    that time.

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    I always understood that if anesthesia has been administered you should use a 53 discontinued procedure modifier.
    Hope this helps.
    Lynn, CPC

  3. #3
    Boone, NC
    My understanding is that -53 shouldn't be used to report elective cancellation of procedures, prior to anesthesia induction or surgical preparation in the surgical suite, including situations where cancellation was due to patient instability (from Dec 1996 CPT Assistant). I've also been told by various workshop speakers to only use if an incision was made. Hope this helps.

  4. #4
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Default Billing For Cancelled Surgery
    There Are Two Different Modifiers That You Can Use For Cancelled outpatient Surgeries--
    73-discontinued Outpatient Procedure prior To Anesthesia
    74-discontinued Outpatient Procedure after Anesthesia Administered----you Need The Documentation To That Effect---but It Is Billable, And Up To The Payors Whether They Will Reimburse----
    Hope This Helps----

  5. #5
    Boone, NC
    Marge, you might want to read the description of -73 & -74 in CPT Appendix A. Looks like they are for ASC use. Not sure if you are billing for the facility or physician. There is a note at the end of each modifier description that states, "for physician reporting of d/c procedure, see mod 53".

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