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Know What to Report for Discontinued Spinal Puncture

Question: Our neurosurgeon was in the process of performing a spinal puncture to obtain a diagnostic sample, and the patient developed paresthesia in her legs, so the surgeon stopped the procedure without getting the sample. Is there anything we can bill for this service? Subscriber Answer: There are often cases where a surgeon will discontinue a procedure if he feels that [...]