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Discontinued Procedures

Per ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2021, section B3.3 instructs to code the procedure to the root operation performed if the intended procedure is discontinued or otherwise not completed. Furthermore, the code root operation Inspection of the body part or anatomical region inspected should be reported if a procedure is discontinued before any other root operation is performed.

Reference: References: ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting Section B3.3 Discontinued or incomplete procedures
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