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Anesthesia Coding Alert

You Be the Coder:
How to Tackle a CRNA's Preoperative Service

Question: What is the appropriate code for a CRNA doing pre-admission testing in an ASC setting two days before the patient comes in for a procedure? Colorado Subscriber  Answer: Preoperative assessment is included in the payment for the anesthesia services, per the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Manual. It would be improper for any group to bill for preoperative anesthesia assessments.    [...]