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Anesthesia Coding Alert

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Count Time Carefully With Line Placements

Question: A patient arrives at the OR at 7:30 a.m. The anesthe­siologist places an A-line and central line, finishing at 8:15 a.m., with anesthesia induced two minutes later. I know you can bill for lines (36620, 93503), but does the anesthesia time start at 7:30 or after placement of the lines? Do you risk double-billing by reporting for both time [...]

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