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Choosing Anesthesia for Lap-Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH)

Question: If a patient has a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, which anesthesia CPT® code applies? One opinion is that if the work is done abdominally, it should be 00840. Another opinion is that even if the work is done abdominally, we should bill 00944 if the speculum is removed vaginally. Virginia Subscriber Answer: LAVH crosswalks to both 00944 (Anesthesia for a vaginal [...]

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