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Anesthesia Coding Alert

Know Where to Find AICD Codes Even if That's Not the Reason for Surgery

Section for codes will change in 2015, but descriptors won’t vary much.  Certain situations can lead to higher risk for your anesthesiologist during surgeries, such as when the patient has a pacemaker or automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD). Even if that’s not the reason the surgeon is treating the patient, you still need to include the device when listing diagnoses.  [...]

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