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Anesthesia Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:

Mind Your Modifiers for Canceled Surgery Cases

Question: We are having problems with Medicare when we attach modifier 74 to claims. Our billers are telling us (coders) that Medicare is directing them to leave this modifier off because “they don’t like it,” but I’m not sure what that means. We only use modifier 74 after anesthesia was started but the surgery was cancelled for one reason or another. [...]

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