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Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Modifier Alert:

Master These Modifier 52 and 53 Differences for Deserved Dollars

Forego modifier 53 when the patient voluntarily decides to stop the procedure. When your gastroenterologist stops a procedure, you can use modifier 52 (Reduced services) to seek payment, but you have to be careful not to confuse it with modifier 53 (Discontinued procedure). Read on to see examples for both situations and cash in for the work your physician performed. [...]