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Anesthesia Coding Alert

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Know the Difference Between TAP Catheter and Block

Question: What is a TAP catheter, and what’s the correct code for it? Mississippi Subscriber Answer: Providers sometime use transverses abdominis plane (TAP) catheters as an alternative to epidural analgesia after upper abdominal surgery. An anesthesiologist might also use a TAP catheter as an adjunct to his anesthesia during an abdominal laparoscopic procedure. As there is not a specific code to report [...]

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