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Modifier 53 with E/M for Cancelled Surgery

Question: Our surgeon decided not to take the patient for an elective surgical procedure. The patient who was in pre-operative visit, was found to have developed a fever and lung congestion. Our surgeon discussed this with the anesthesiologist and decided to cancel the procedure. How do we report this situation?
Oklahoma Subscriber Answer: Procedures might be aborted, postponed, or cancelled at [...]



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