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ANESTHESIA FOR NUCLEAR SCAN

Tobi Posted Fri 21st of November, 2014 16:14:51 PM

How do I bill for MAC anesthesia requested for a thyroid nuclear scan for a thyroid mass due the patient's high level of anxiety? All of the codes that I tried in the 70000 series don't have an anesthesia crosswalk code.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 24th of November, 2014 03:22:35 AM

Since, thyroid scan is usually not performed under anesthesia, there is no anesthesia crosswalk code for it.

You will have to use Unlisted code- 01999, Unlisted anesthesia procedure(s).

Also, you will have to send a letter of medical necessity to the payer with your claim explaining the justification of using MAC anesthesia.

Thanks !!

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