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74 - JF Part B

Modifier 74

After Anesthesia Administration - Discontinued Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) or Outpatient Hospital


In an Outpatient Hospital, or Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) if a procedure has to be terminated, due to unforeseen complications, after anesthesia has been administered use Modifier 74.

Contractors may make full payment for modifier -74 if the following met:

  1. Modifier 74 appended to anesthesia or surgical procedures when discontinued
  2. AFTER anesthesia administration induced or procedure initiated
  3. ASC or outpatient hospital only
  4. Due to medical complications, extenuating circumstances, or threat to patient well-being
  5. Documentation requirements met

Correct Use

  • Physician may terminate surgical/diagnostic procedure
    • After procedure started (incision made, intubation started, scope inserted)
    • After administration of anesthesia (local, regional block or general)
  • Under these circumstances, intended service is prepared, but canceled and billed with usual procedure number

Incorrect Use

  • Do not report elective cancellation of patient service prior to administration of anesthesia and/or surgical preparation
  • Physician reporting of discontinued procedure, see modifier 53


Treatment Description CPT/Modifier
Anesthesia for procedures on esophagus, thyroid, larynx, trachea and lymphatic system of neck; not otherwise specified 00320 74


Reduced Billing4

Provider performs 60% of service and appends modifier 74.

Description Amount
Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) allowed $200
Bill Reduced Amount ($200 x 60%) $120




Last Updated Tue, 25 Oct 2022 15:00:38 +0000