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Anesthesia Coding Alert

Check Even the Small Details Before Filing Your Claims
Positions, approaches, and more can make big differences. Every anesthesia coder knows th... Read more
Pain Management:
Bone Up on the Differences Between Discography and Decompression Before Assigning Codes
Hint: One procedure is diagnostic; the other is therapeutic. Discography and disc decompr... Read more
Here’s Why You Should Keep Telemedicine and Opioid Claims Especially Clean
Be warned: The feds are watching for potential fraud. If you report telemedicine services... Read more
Don’t Let the Versatility of Devices Be Your Downfall
Follow these tips to shore up security. The more common and user-friendly mobile devices ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Submit This for Epidural Patch Placement
Question: How do I code an epidural blood patch procedure on the same day as labor and del... Read more
Reader Question:
Remember That Monitoring Vitals Is Part of Anesthesia Service
Question: Is there a billable code for monitoring oxygen and heart function during vein su... Read more
Reader Question:
Get the Lowdown on Non-typical Migraine Diagnoses
Question: I know about standard migraines and I think I have a grip on how to report the p... Read more
Reader Question:
Induced Hypothermia Doesn’t Always Point to +99116
Question: When is it not correct to append +99116 for hypothermia? Louisiana Subscri... Read more
Anesthesia Basics:
Follow This Guidance to Better Understand P Modifiers
Tip: Document the one that applies, even if you won't be reimbursed. Physical status modi... Read more
HCPCS Coding:
Catch All Your Potential Reimbursement for TPI Claims
Pay attention to all the options for reporting the drug. If you ever code for pain manage... Read more
Help Your Practice Battle Potential Privacy Breaches by Making Disclosure Easy
Remember that patient care is always your top priority. Incidental use — also known as ... Read more
Reader Question:
Watch Descriptor Details Before Reporting +77002 or +77003
Question: I'm having trouble understanding the differences between fluoroscopic codes +770... Read more
Reader Question:
Unanticipated Procedure During Global Period Requires 78
Question: Our physician removed an implanted pain pump and catheter from a patient whose p... Read more
Reader Question:
Surgical Approach Differentiates 00944 from 00840
Question: The Anesthesia Crosswalk crosses CPT® code 58550 to 00944, with 00840 as an alt... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Don’t Make Assumptions About Induced Hypothermia
Question: When is it not correct to append +99116 for hypothermia? Louisiana Subscriber ... Read more