Anesthesia Coding Alert

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Search for a Primary Diagnosis to Report With Z99.11

Question: Our anesthesiologist provided anesthesia while another physician inserted a vertebral artery catheter. We thought the catheter insertion would be coded as 36100 and crossed that to anesthesia code 00350. We reported the 00350 with diagnosis Z99.11. The payer denied the claim; what did we do wrong? South Carolina Subscriber Answer: Sometimes surgical/procedure codes crosswalk to more than one anesthesia [...]

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