Questions often arise when a physician attempts to perform minor procedures in the clinic but is unable to complete the procedure. This may occur when it is determined that a more extensive procedure is needed, equipment is not available in the clinic, or pretreatment is necessary prior to the procedure.

The following examples are taken from questions about terminated procedures received by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Coding Hotline (AAP members and AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter™ subscribers may submit specific coding questions to the AAP Coding Hotline at

If we catheterize a patient but are unable to retrieve any urine, are we supposed to charge for the procedure?

If I attempt to remove a foreign body but achieve only partial removal and refer the patient for a more extensive procedure, is my partial removal of the foreign body reported with modifier 52 (reduced services)?

If I...

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