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Orthopedic Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
Choosing a Modifier Depends on Anesthesia

Question: A knee arthroscopy was stopped early because the patient had an unanticipated infection that threatened the patient’s health. Should I use modifier 52 or modifier 53 to indicate a reduced service? Pennsylvania Subscriber Answer: You should use modifier 53 (Discontinued procedure). You’ll use this modifier when providers prematurely end an operation because the patient’s health is at risk. Alternatively, you’ll use [...]