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Sedation Means Anesthesia Codes, Not 99148

Question: Our anesthesiologist used fentanyl and propofol to provide sedation during a child’s intrathecal chemotherapy. The oncologist is billing 96450. Should we bill 00635 or 99148 for the sedation? Massachusetts Subscriber Answer: Although your anesthesiologist administered sedation, that doesn’t mean you automatically report 99148 (Moderate sedation services [other than those services described by codes 00100-01999], provided by a physician or other [...]

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