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Anesthesia Coding Alert

Coding Changes:
The First Coding Edits of 2019 Include 46,000 New Pairs: Are You Ready?
Tip: Focus on 99451 and 99452 and you'll be fine. Each year begins with a new set of Corr... Read more
Descriptor Check:
Do You Know What 99451 and 99452 Represent?
Here's your short answer. With so many CCI edits tying in with codes 99451 and 99452, it'... Read more
Reimbursement Update:
CMS Boosts Your Pay – Slightly – With 2019 Conversion Factors
The anesthesia starting point will be $22.2730. Anesthesia providers will see an uptick i... Read more
Pain Management:
Don’t Settle for the Simple ‘Pain’ Diagnosis
General is fine for a starting point, but be prepared to shift. Coding for pain syndromes... Read more
Reader Question:
Submit a Single Code, Even for Different Types of Anesthesia
Question: The anesthesiologist provided an epidural for a vaginal delivery, followed immed... Read more
Reader Question:
Here Are Your Options for Failed VBAC Followed by C-section
Question: A patient attempted a VBAC delivery but it failed due to fetal distress. She del... Read more
Reader Question:
Code 00300 Applies to Baer Hearing Study
Question: What is the appropriate anesthesia code for a Baer Hearing Study? Delaware Subs... Read more
Reader Question:
Only Bill 93503 When Swan-Ganz and Central Line Share Access Point
Question: One of our anesthesia providers asked me about how to code this scenario: Someon... Read more
Reader Question:
Timing Is Crucial for Discontinued Procedures
Question: Our anesthesiologist was scheduled to administer anesthesia during hardware plac... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Crossing Mediport Placement to Anesthesia
Question: I'm coding for a patient with breast cancer (C50.912, C77.3) who received a Medi... Read more
Coding Basics:
Start the New Year With a Firm Grasp of Medical Direction vs. Supervision
Hint: It's all about following the ‘7 rules.' One of the primary factors to consider wh... Read more
ICD-10:
Focus on These Terms to Pinpoint Best Migraine Diagnosis
Remember, all symptoms don't lead to the same code. The detailed specificity of ICD-10 is... Read more
Reader Question:
Screening Designation Separates 00811 and 00812
Question: There is some confusion in our office about which anesthesia code we should use ... Read more
Reader Question:
Report Intubation Over Vent Management
Question: Can we bill Medicare for intubation (31500), ventilation assist/management (9400... Read more
Reader Question:
Code Only Epidural During Session That Includes MAC
Question: Our physician administered an epidural for a vaginal delivery, followed immediat... Read more
Reader Question:
Transforaminal Injection Code Overrides IV Sedation
Question: Our physician performs medial branch blocks and transforaminal injections in our... Read more
Reader Question:
Epidural Removal Time Is Individualized
Question: What amount of time should we include on the claim for epidural removal followin... Read more
Reader Question:
Check Patient Position When Choosing Between 01991 and 01992
Question: Which is the best anesthesia code for an SI joint injection? Wyoming Subscriber... Read more
Reader Question:
Watch the Elapsed Time Before Coding Repeat Injection
Question: Our pain management specialist saw a patient with complex regional pain syndrome... Read more
You Be the Coder:
The Difference Between 01935/36 and 01991/92
Question: Can you explain to me when I should report codes 01935/01936 and 01991/01992? Ou... Read more