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Using modifier -74

APCs Insider, October 27, 2003

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University Colorado Hospital

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HRM

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MPA
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Using modifier -74

The question from our reader this week concerns the proper use of modifier -74 when a procedure is cancelled after anesthesia is given. See below for our experts' resolution to this one coder's problem.