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    If a surgical procedure is discontinued, the surgeon should bill the procedure with a modifier -53 to indicate this. Is there any reason that the anesthesiologist should indicate the -53? The base units for the code would not change, and the time units would indicate the shortened procedure, so my belief is no, but I am looking to confirm this.

    Thank you in advance! Shelly Kubacki, MPA, CPC

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    I agree with you that they don't use the 53 modifier. They bill for their time.
    Pam Tienter, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CCS-P, CPMA, CPC-I
    AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
    AAPC National ICD-10-CM Trainer

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    I concur.

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