Modifier 73

Prior Discontinued Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) or Outpatient Hospital

Instructions

Due to extenuating circumstances or circumstances that threaten the patient's well-being a surgical or diagnostic procedure can be discontinued, prior to anesthesia administration in an outpatient hospital or ASC only. A physician may bill for the intended procedure but report the discontinuation of the procedure using this modifier.

Correct Use

  • Append if discontinuation occurred prior to procedure starting or prior to patient's surgical preparation (including sedation or taken to procedure room)
  • Append if discontinuation occurred prior to administration of anesthesia (local, regional block or general)

Incorrect Use

  • Do not append to service if cancellation is patient elective and made prior to administration of anesthesia and/or surgical preparation

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Last Updated Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:12:49 +0000