Home » Categories » ER/Provider-Based Clinics Coding

Discontinued vs. Unsuccessful Procedures


Question

The ED doctor attemptted a femoral central line two times. He was unsuccessful. Should this be coded with the modifer-25. In the past I was told for an unsuccesful Lumbar Puncture we didn’t need the modifer because the fluid may not have been retrieved due to a medical problem. We have charged for the materials used.

Answer

A completed procedure can be coded whether or not it was successful.  A discontinued procedure can be identified with modifier 52 if no anesthesia was planned.  You can do a search on this website for an article titled "Discontinued vs. Unsuccessful Procedures" for more information.

Disclaimer: All articles intended for general guidance only and not as a recommendation for a specific situation. Readers should consult an official source (AHA, AMA, etc.) or a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Splint Applications
Viewed 6629 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Burn dressings in ER
Viewed 2471 times since Wed, Feb 16, 2011
Defibrillator Firing
Viewed 3 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
E & M Leveling
Viewed 1733 times since Wed, Mar 16, 2011
Laceration Repair
Viewed 1049 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Billing for CRNA
Viewed 1842 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Insertion Foley Cath in ED Setting
Viewed 2047 times since Wed, Feb 8, 2012
Suture of Varicose Vein
Viewed 5224 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
E/M - Productivity Standard-Updated
Viewed 2312 times since Thu, Apr 21, 2011
ER Level Charge
Viewed 2192 times since Thu, Feb 17, 2011
Quorum Health Resources, LLC :: 105 Continental Place Brentwood, TN 37027 :: Phone: (615) 371-4506