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Anesthesia Coding Alert

Reader Question:

Software for Discontinuous Time

Question: Now that the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) officially has approved charging for discontinuous time during procedures, do you know of any billing software packages that allow you to document the separate blocks of time and total them at the end of the claim? Everything we have seen allows for only one start and one stop time, not multiples.

Anonymous Georgia Subscriber

Answer: The MSI system, recently purchased by Infocure in Atlanta, allows for multiple start and stop times. Infocure eventually plans to use this system for all its anesthesia billing programs, according to one of its clients in Pensacola, Fla.

Other billing software vendors hopefully will follow suit, considering the new HCFA ruling. Check with your vendor to see if anything is in the works, or contact other anesthesia coders to learn what software they use.